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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
Alice Cooper, whom Betty finds standing on the stoop, disheveled, screaming at the crowd of onlookers who have gathered outside the Black Hood’s house.
Matthew Lentz, who claims he was fathered by Manson at a 1967 orgy, arrived late at Los Angeles Superior Court looking disheveled and frazzled after a brief hearing in the probate case of the late cult leader.
And thanks for letting a little silver show through at the temples, under the perennially disheveled blond hair.
That's according to local station KUTV, which reports that an April 5 podiatry appointment led Wilson to the disheveled room.
Though, even Paltrow’s more disheveled character managed to appear cool.
Raveesh’s body, heavyset and disheveled, on the floor near the kitchen.
Giacometti, chain-smoking and gloriously disheveled in his wreck of a studio, works in bursts of creativity and confidence.
His dealer picked up Lindell's phone and snapped a photo of the addict's face - walking dead skin tone, disheveled hair, mug shot scowl.
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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.
chaotic, cluttered, confused, disarranged, disarrayed, disordered, disorderly, higgledy-piggledy, hugger-mugger, jumbled, littered, messed, messy, muddled, mussed, mussy, pell-mell, rumpled, sloppy, topsy-turvy, tousled, tumbled, unkempt, untidy, upside-down;
bedraggled, befouled, begrimed, bemired, besmirched, blackened, cruddy, dingy, dirty, draggled, filthy, foul, grimy, grubby, grungy, mucky, nasty, smudged, soiled, spotted, squalid, stained, sullied, unclean, uncleanly;
at sixes and sevens, out of joint;
DISHEVELED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disheveled for English Language Learners
: not neat or tidy
DISHEVELED Defined for Kids
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