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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
Glisan was apparently the first person Neal killed, her body buried underneath the floor of their disheveled trailer home the night before his other killings.
He's been rocking that textured, disheveled mop for years.
The disheveled fighters who burst out of the desert more than three years ago founded a state that was acknowledged by no one except themselves.
Her outfit was disheveled, too, and the backpack on her arm was filled with dirty clothes that appeared to have been plucked straight from the hamper, Juanita recalls to a reporter.
And Amanda Lawrence is, among other things, a disheveled angel to remember.
Rihanna was blaring from the speakers while disheveled-looking travelers were checking in at the front desk.
After all, the disheveled look is a long way from Bieber’s blissful, neatly groomed coif when he and Gomez were first reported to be back together last August.
The film opens with a disheveled Janet pointing a gun at a mystery person on the other side of the door.
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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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