disheveled

adjective di·shev·eled
variants: or dishevelled
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of disheveled

: marked by disorder or disarray
  • disheveled hair

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Examples of disheveled in a Sentence

  1. His wrinkled suit gave him a disheveled appearance.

  2. They looked dirty and disheveled.

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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


DISHEVELED Defined for English Language Learners

disheveled

adjective

Definition of disheveled for English Language Learners

  • : not neat or tidy


DISHEVELED Defined for Kids

disheveled

adjective di·shev·eled
variants: or dishevelled \di-ˈshe-vəld\

Definition of disheveled for Students

: messy 1 disheveled hair


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