Definition of disheveled
: marked by disorder or disarray disheveled hair
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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
According to police, the 28-year-old Chicago man, who was located by Niles officers, appeared disheveled and intoxicated, but denied talking to the child or trying to harm anyone.
Tiger Woods' disheveled headshot sparked gasps on Monday after his arrest for many who saw it across the internet.
As is the disheveled shrubbery lodged in a corner of Max Yasgur’s barn.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office released a mug shot of a tired, disheveled Woods, looking nothing like the centerpiece of so many past Nike campaigns.
Imagine then the organized mess, the disheveled duplicity, of Kyrie Irving, the Cleveland Cavaliers' point guard.
People look tired, disheveled, but generally excited.
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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
Middle English discheveled bareheaded, with disordered hair, partial translation of Anglo-French deschevelé, from des- dis- + chevoil hair, from Latin capillus
First Known Use: 1583
DISHEVELED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disheveled for English Language Learners
: not neat or tidy
DISHEVELED Defined for Kids
Definition of disheveled for Students
: messy 1 disheveled hair
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