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
Instead of being tight and pastry-like, this vibe was more artful and 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.
At Wednesday’s event, disheveled men and women lined up to hug Fernandez, shed tears and express gratitude.
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.
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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: 1583See Words from the same year
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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