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or di·shev·elled  (dĭ-shĕv′əld)
1. Being in loose disarray; unkempt, as hair or clothing.
2. Marked by disorder; untidy: a disheveled pile of books on the library table.

[Middle English discheveled, from Old French deschevele, past participle of descheveler, to disarrange the hair : des-, apart; see dis- + chevel, hair (from Latin capillus).]


(dɪˈʃɛv əld)

unkempt; untidy; disarranged.
Also, esp. Brit.,di•shev′elled.
[1375–1425; late Middle English discheveled < Old French deschevele, past participle of descheveler to dishevel the hair]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.disheveled - in disarraydisheveled - in disarray; extremely disorderly; "her clothing was disheveled"; "powder-smeared and frowzled"; "a rumpled unmade bed"; "a bed with tousled sheets"; "his brown hair was tousled, thick, and curly"- Al Spiers
untidy - not neat and tidy; "careless and untidy in her personal habits"; "an untidy living room"; "untidy and casual about money"


Marked by an absence of cleanliness and order:
شَعِثُ الشَّعْر، غَيْر مُرَتَّب الثِّياب
úfinn; ósnyrtilegur



(diʃevəld) adjective
untidy. She had been gardening and looked rather dishevelled.
References in classic literature ?
March with a sigh and a smile, as she smoothed and fastened up Jo's disheveled hair.
Milady, who had arisen, threw herself quickly into the armchair, her head thrown back, her beautiful hair unbound and disheveled, her bosom half bare beneath her crumpled lace, one hand on her heart, and the other hanging down.
He veiled a glance of disdain at his fel- lows who strewed the ground, choking with dust, red from perspiration, misty-eyed, disheveled.
She roamed about in so wild a way, and with her hair so disheveled, that people took her for some distracted creature, and never dreamed that this was Mother Ceres, who had the oversight of every seed which the husbandman planted.
Her disheveled hair and panting bosom betokened that, chained though she was, still had she fought against the thing that they would do to her.
aged mother ran screaming, with hair disheveled and tears streaming
Haggard, ghastly pale, his hair in disheveled masses, Louis XIV.
As it opened there came a tumultuous rush into the hall, rapid feet clattered up the stair, and an instant later a wild-eyed and frantic young man, pale, disheveled, and palpitating, burst into the room.
She sat in an armchair in her dressing jacket and nightcap and Katie, sleepy and disheveled, beat and turned the heavy feather bed for the third time, muttering to herself.
The writing-table was splashed with old ink, and the pen disheveled in service.
As he stood in the shadow of a great tree, reconnoitering, he saw a man, ragged and disheveled, emerge from the jungle almost at his elbow.
She was hatless and with torn and disheveled clothing that had evidently once been a trim riding habit.