Definition of disheveled in English:

disheveled

(British dishevelled)

adjective

  • (of a person's hair, clothes, or appearance) untidy; disordered.

    ‘a man with long disheveled hair’
    • ‘She twirled a strand of her long hair and smirked at my disheveled appearance.’
    • ‘She smiled happily as she approached us, and despite our disheveled appearance, we managed to kneel.’
    • ‘We received a few strange looks at our disheveled appearances, but I knew for now that I wouldn't be left to meet them alone.’
    • ‘The small apartment reflected the same disheveled appearance as it's occupant; dirty and smelly.’
    • ‘In addition, they have a rough coat that gives them a disheveled appearance.’
    • ‘Straightening his disheveled appearance, Edmund made his way down to the beach to greet them.’
    • ‘I was too stunned to make an effort to piece together my disheveled appearance.’
    • ‘I caught sight of myself in his rear view mirror, and grumbled at my disheveled appearance.’
    • ‘He didn't waste any time on saying how pleased he was to see me, or to ask what kind of a trip I had had, although one look at my disheveled appearance must have given him a good idea!’
    • ‘He looked her up and down and Faith could see the scorn in his face as he took in her dishevelled appearance.’
    • ‘His back was to her, but he turned to face her, coolly, his eyes taking in her dishevelled appearance.’
    • ‘My pencil was raised in mid air when I looked over at his dishevelled appearance.’
    • ‘His disheveled hair became even more messy when he ran another fretful hand through it before he started the engine.’
    • ‘She sat in the middle of a queen-sized bed, in rumpled black silk pajamas with her disheveled hair framing her face.’
    • ‘Iseult unconsciously reached a hand up to her disheveled hair and looked down at her rumpled dress.’
    • ‘Chad ran a hand through his dishevelled hair and let out a sigh.’
    • ‘Her dishevelled hair flew wildly in the wind, framing a bewildered look.’
    • ‘Running a hand through my disheveled hair, I upturned the bag and emptied its contents onto my bedspread.’
    • ‘He ran a hand through his disheveled hair and cleared his throat, looking faintly embarrassed.’
    • ‘He is a man in his mid-twenties, with disheveled hair and a pleasant expression.’
    untidy, unkempt, scruffy, messy, in a mess, disordered, disarranged, rumpled, bedraggled

Origin

Late Middle English from obsolete dishevely, from Old French deschevele, past participle of descheveler (based on chevel ‘hair’, from Latin capillus). The original sense was ‘having the hair uncovered’; later, referring to the hair itself, ‘hanging loose’, hence ‘disordered, untidy’. Compare with unkempt.

Pronunciation

disheveled

/dəˈSHevəld/ /dəˈʃɛvəld/