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 dishevel (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 dishevel (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 The unit was disheveled with furniture moved about and items on the floor. cleveland, "Woman hits man with hammer after finding messages from another woman: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 18 Apr. 2020 His light-gray suit is dishevelled, his tie undone. Anthony Veasna So, The New Yorker, "Three Women of Chuck’s Donuts," 3 Feb. 2020 That’s the burden carried by Bachmann, played by Hoffman as a dissolute, disheveled, crushed soul who still gives his all to his exacting, dangerous work. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The 10 Best Movie Performances of the 2010s," 14 Nov. 2019 Police observed the girl to have disheveled hair, a red bruise on her side and a patterned injury on her leg. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cudahy woman abused her 12-year-old daughter and whipped her with a necklace, complaint says," 13 Nov. 2019 The unit was disheveled, with feces, either from the dog or a human, seen throughout the floor. cleveland, "Jealous man throws girlfriend to the ground, is later found with gun: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 28 Sep. 2019 The third trailer had a broken lock and its interior was disheveled. cleveland, "Friend follows drunken driver to help get him off the road: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 25 Oct. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of dishevel was in 1598

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“Dishevel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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