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Examples of disheveled in a Sentence
His wrinkled suit gave him a disheveled appearance.
They looked dirty and disheveled.
Recent Examples of disheveled from the Web
And by game’s end, Rollie Massimino was Daddy Mess, a rumpled, disheveled wreck, the silk tie flapping at half-mast, the once-crisp shirt trailing after him like a kite tail, and the suit coat locked and loaded and ready to be launched.
A disheveled Krill turned his back on a reporter and declined to comment after the hearing.
The model’s disheveled remnants are displayed on a gallery pedestal.
Instead of being tight and pastry-like, this vibe was more artful and disheveled.
Luckily, rock stars can get away with looking disheveled.
In it, Kathryn Hahn plays a sexily disheveled version of Kraus.
The only quiet area was a dorm room where two disheveled women who had just arrived from Pule Sukhta were sprawled in sleep.
Besides what was done at the historic building in downtown's Capitol Park, scenes were shot at the Fisher Building, the old Packard Plant, the downtown intersection of Fort and Shelby, and the disheveled interior of the Pontiac Silverdome.
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Did You Know?
It’s common to wake up after a long night’s sleep with your hair disheveled - which is appropriate, considering the origins of the word disheveled. First appearing in English in the late 16th century, disheveled derived from Middle English discheveled, meaning "bareheaded" or "with disordered hair." It is a partial translation of the Anglo-French word deschevelé, formed by combining the prefix des- (dis-) with chevoil, the word for hair. Since the early 17th century, however, disheveled has been used for things other than hair, including such disparate items as grammar and reputations, that are far from tidy.
Origin and Etymology of disheveled
First Known Use: 1583See Words from the same year
Synonymschaotic, cluttered, confused, disarranged, disarrayed, messy (or dishevelled), disordered, disorderly, higgledy-piggledy, hugger-mugger, jumbled, littered, messed, muddled, mussed, mussy, pell-mell, rumpled, sloppy, topsy-turvy, tousled, tumbled, unkempt, untidy, upside-down
Antonymsbandbox, crisp, kempt, neat, neatened, ordered, orderly, organized, shipshape, snug, tidied, tidy, trim, uncluttered, well-ordered
Related Wordsbedraggled, befouled, begrimed, bemired, besmirched, blackened, cruddy, dingy, dirty, draggled, filthy, foul, grimy, grotty [chiefly British], grubby, grungy, mucky, nasty, smudged, soiled, spotted, squalid, stained, sullied, unclean, uncleanly; dowdy, frowsy (or frowzy), shaggy, slatternly, sloven, slovenly, uncombed; wrinkled; adulterated, contaminated, defiled, polluted, tainted; knotted, snarled, tangled; seedy, shabby, sleazy, sordid; neglected, neglectful, negligent
Near Antonymsantiseptic, clean, cleaned, cleanly, hygienic, immaculate, sparkling, spick-and-span (or spic-and-span), spotless, stainless, unsoiled, unsullied; methodical (also methodic), regular, systematic, systematized; careful, fastidious, finicky, fussy, meticulous; combed, groomed, manicured, well-groomed; taintless, undefiled, unpolluted, untainted, wholesome
DISHEVELED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disheveled for English Language Learners
: not neat or tidy
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