Disheveled
Dishevel Di*shev"el (d[i^]*sh[e^]v"'l or -[e^]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disheveled}or {Dishevelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disheveling} or {Dishevelling}.] [OF. descheveler, F. d['e]cheveler, LL. discapillare; dis- + L. capillus the hair of the head. See {Capillary}.] 1. To suffer (the hair) to hang loosely or disorderly; to spread or throw (the hair) in disorder; -- used chiefly in the passive participle. [1913 Webster]

With garments rent and hair disheveled, Wringing her hands and making piteous moan. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. To spread loosely or disorderly. [1913 Webster]

Like the fair flower disheveled in the wind. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • disheveled — di*shev eled, dishevelled di*shev elled, a. 1. Hanging in loose disorder; disarranged; in disarray; not made neat; used especially of hair or clothing; as, disheveled hair. [1913 Webster] 2. Having the hair in loose disorder. [1913 Webster] The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disheveled — or dishevelled [di shev′əld] adj. [ME discheveled < OFr deschevelé (pp. of descheveler, to tousle < des , DIS + chevel, hair < L capillus) + ed, ED] 1. disarranged and untidy; tousled; rumpled: said of hair, clothing, etc. 2. having… …   English World dictionary

  • disheveled — index disordered, disorderly Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • disheveled — also dishevelled, early 15c., pp. adj. from DISHEVEL (Cf. dishevel); originally without dressed hair; general sense of with disordered dress is from 1610s …   Etymology dictionary

  • disheveled — unkempt, sloppy, *slipshod, slovenly Analogous words: *negligent, neglectful, lax, slack, remiss: *slatternly, blowsy, frowzy, dowdy …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • disheveled — [adj] wrinkled, unkempt in appearance bagged out*, beat up*, bedraggled, blowzy*, dirty, disarranged, disarrayed, disordered, frowzy*, grubby*, messed up, messy, mussed up*, mussy, ruffled, rumpled, scuzzy, slipshod, sloppy, slovenly, tousled,… …   New thesaurus

  • disheveled — /di shev euhld/, adj. 1. hanging loosely or in disorder; unkempt: disheveled hair. 2. untidy; disarranged: a disheveled appearance. Also, esp. Brit., dishevelled. [1375 1425; late ME discheveled < OF deschevele, ptp. of descheveler to dishevel… …   Universalium

  • disheveled — or dishevelled adjective Etymology: Middle English discheveled bareheaded, with disordered hair, part translation of Anglo French deschevelé, from des dis + chevoil hair, from Latin capillus Date: 1583 marked by disorder or disarray < …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • disheveled — adjective long and disheveled hair Syn: untidy, unkempt, scruffy, messy, in a mess, disordered, disarranged, rumpled, bedraggled; uncombed, tousled, tangled, tangly, knotted, knotty, shaggy, straggly, windswept, wind …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • disheveled — adjective in disarray; extremely disorderly (Freq. 1) 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 • Syn: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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