Definition of dishevelled in English:


(US disheveled)


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

    ‘a man with long dishevelled 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
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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.