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

Definition of dishevel 

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transitive verb

: to throw into disorder or disarray

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dishevelment \ -​ˈshev-​əl-​mənt \ noun

Examples of dishevel in a Sentence


decorations for the garden wedding that had been disheveled by the wind

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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 What initially caught my eye and incensed me wasn't the line of people, young and old, well groomed and disheveled, who waited to exchange used syringes for sterile ones. Woman's Day, "Why I Abandoned Tough Love Instead of My Child," 1 July 2016 Basham, who was reported in court records to appear disheveled, filled out an ATF form while his sales receipt was being written, according to charging documents. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Baltimore man charged with perjury on firearms applications," 12 June 2018 In fact, most people enjoy the meal in their pajamas, looking expectedly disheveled. Nadeem Muaddi, CNN, "Muslims roast MAC Cosmetics for suhoor makeup tutorial video," 26 May 2018 When her mother returned, the then 9-year-old child was upset and her Easter dress disheveled. Washington Post, "Girl testifies in Utah trial of 3 men accused of raping her," 3 May 2018 The friend recalled an incident that happened in late February, when Christman arrived late to work, appeared to be disheveled and had bruises on her neck and arms. Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "Violent, obsessive ex-boyfriend charged in Kansas City killing of mom of 4: police | The Kansas City Star," 23 Apr. 2018 The drunken woman was not wearing shoes, had an empty purse and her hair was disheveled. Andy Attina /,, "Woman says ex-boyfriend came at her with knife: Richmond Heights Police Blotter," 20 Apr. 2018 What’s up with Sean Penn stoned & disheveled with very weird hair & smoking on Colbert?! Flora Carr, Time, "Sean Penn Chain-Smokes and Admits to Taking Ambien During Viral Stephen Colbert Interview," 27 Mar. 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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