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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
Broken and disheveled, Serena sees June creeping out of the house with the baby and doesn't stop the handmaid.
In the pic, Couco’s husband, Karl stares at the camera with a Cheshire catlike smile on his face while Couco looks grim and disheveled.
The man did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but was agitated and disheveled.
Joe and the elegantly disheveled Mary were too fascinating to resist.
Anthony Garcia appeared disheveled, with a heavy beard and unkempt hair, when he was wheeled into a Douglas County courtroom in a wheelchair.
An infamous mug shot of a disheveled Nolte in a Hawaiian shirt emerged from that incident.
Instead, Thomas insisted he’s been ambushed by paparazzi who have photographed him as a disheveled recluse.
The glass front door of the business was smashed and a desk was found 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.
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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