Dishevelled
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]


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  • dishevelled — [15] Semantically, dishevelled ‘with untidy hair’ and unkempt ‘with uncombed hair’ are closely parallel formations. Dishevelled originated as an adaptation of deschevele, the past participle of Old French descheveler ‘disarrange the hair’. This… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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  • dishevelled — di|shev|elled BrE disheveled AmE [dıˈʃevəld] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: deschevelé, from chevel hair ] if someone s appearance or their clothes, hair etc is dishevelled, they look very untidy ▪ Pam arrived late, dishevelled and… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dishevelled — [[t]dɪʃe̱v(ə)ld[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe someone s hair, clothes, or appearance as dishevelled, you mean that it is very untidy. She arrived flushed and dishevelled. Syn: unkempt (in AM, use disheveled) …   English dictionary

  • dishevelled — BrE, disheveled AmE adjective dishevelled clothes, hair etc are very untidy: Pam arrived late, dishevelled and out of breath …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • dishevelled — /dɪˈʃɛvəld / (say di shevuhld) adjective 1. hanging loosely or in disorder; unkempt: dishevelled hair. 2. untidy; disarranged: dishevelled appearance. Also, US, disheveled …   Australian English dictionary

  • dishevelled — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dishevelled — adj. Dishevelled/disheveled is used with these nouns: ↑appearance, ↑clothes, ↑hair …   Collocations dictionary

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