Dishevelling
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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  • dishevelling — v. (about hair, clothing, etc.) wear loosely, let fall in disorder; disarrange, make untidy …   English contemporary dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Disheveling — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dishevel — transitive verb (disheveled or dishevelled; disheveling or dishevelling) Etymology: back formation from disheveled Date: 1598 to throw into disorder or disarray • dishevelment noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dishevel — dishevelment, n. /di shev euhl/, v.t., disheveled, disheveling or (esp. Brit.) dishevelled, dishevelling. 1. to let down, as hair, or wear or let hang in loose disorder, as clothing. 2. to cause untidiness and disarray in: The wind disheveled the …   Universalium

  • dishevelled — [dɪ ʃɛv(ə)ld] (US disheveled) adjective (of a person s hair, clothes, or appearance) untidy. Derivatives dishevel verb (dishevels, dishevelling, dishevelled; US dishevels, disheveling …   English new terms dictionary

  • dishevel — /dɪˈʃɛvəl/ (say di shevuhl) verb (t) (dishevelled or, US, disheveled, dishevelling or, US, disheveling) to let down (the hair); let hang in loose disorder. {Middle English dischevelen, from Old French descheveler, from des dis 1 + chevel hair ( …   Australian English dictionary

  • doubling of final consonants in inflection — The table below explains the differing practice in English shown by the forms hotter, enrolled, offered, targeted, in which the root word (hot, enrol, offer, target) ends in a single consonant. Practice can also differ with the same word in BrE… …   Modern English usage

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