di·​shev·​el | \ di-ˈshev-əl How to pronounce dishevel (audio) \
disheveled or dishevelled; disheveling or dishevelling\ di-​ˈshe-​v(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce dishevelling (audio) \

Definition of dishevel

transitive verb

: to throw into disorder or disarray

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Other Words from dishevel

dishevelment \ di-​ˈshev-​əl-​mənt How to pronounce dishevelment (audio) \ noun

Examples of dishevel in a Sentence

decorations for the garden wedding that had been disheveled by the wind
Recent Examples on the Web Officers whisked in one person after another to stand before the judge; all of them had been arrested within the past twenty-four hours, and all appeared dishevelled and exhausted. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "Tiffany Cabán Upends Politics As Usual in Queens," 26 June 2019 There were quite a few slightly disheveled looking folks walking around holding these crazy red or blue drinks that came in what looked like a small fishbowl. Tom Reardon, azcentral, "Slipknot's Knotfest meets the triple-digit Phoenix heat for mixed results," 4 Aug. 2019 Epstein, looking disheveled in a navy blue jumpsuit, pleaded not guilty. Ali Watkins,, "Nude photos of underage girls seized from Epstein mansion," 8 July 2019 Observers used to spot him carefully disheveling his (incurably straight) blond hair for extra daffiness. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Who Is Boris Johnson?," 19 July 2019 Police checked on a man who was reportedly knocking on doors in a residential area and appeared to be disheveled and disoriented., "'Seinfeld’-style bottle deposit scam thwarted: Forest Grove Police Log," 1 July 2019 After again making her way into the airport, Terrio — her hair disheveled and visibly exhausted — sat with her children near the baggage check area waiting for her flight. Alejandra Reyes-velarde,, "LAX power outage brings chaos, questions, anger," 6 June 2019 The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted photos of Steven Joshua Wiggins, 31, appearing disheveled with ripped clothing and hanging out in the back of a cruiser. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Alleged Tennessee cop killer arrested after manhunt, police say," 2 Oct. 2018 Photos released by Metro Nashville Police Department showed him disheveled in a ripped burgundy top and dark jeans, handcuffed in the back seat of a law enforcement vehicle. Jenny Jarvie,, "With arrest of Waffle House shooting suspect, 'Nashville can breathe a sign of relief,' mayor says," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dishevel

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dishevel

back-formation from disheveled

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3 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for dishevel

The first known use of dishevel was in 1598

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