Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being in loose disarray; unkempt, as hair or clothing.
  • adj. Marked by disorder; untidy: a disheveled pile of books on the library table.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. untidy or unkempt; messy
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of dishevel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Hanging in loose disorder; disarranged; in disarray; not made neat; -- used especially of hair or clothing.
  • adj. Having the hair in loose disorder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. in disarray; extremely disorderly

Etymologies

Middle English discheveled, from Old French deschevele, past participle of descheveler, to disarrange the hair : des-, apart; see dis- + chevel, hair (from Latin capillus).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The unruly Giant players in disheveled jerseys and beards scream into the clubhouse after hugging and cheering on the field and you hand out a pair of goggles and maybe you will have a beer after it calms down a bit.

    Colin Barnicle: Wearing Goggles at the End Is Good

  • I mean, in addition to the fact that he needs a shave -- and he's otherwise disheveled, which is especially bad since he's also overweight... and everyone else is above-average in looks?

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • People who knew Weisberg as a child recall a disheveled and awkward boy who habitually chewed on his shirt collar.

    One Smart Bookie

  • The shooter is described as disheveled and heavyset and appeared to be in his 40s, wearing a green windbreaker and driving a 1990s-model Chevy pickup.

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • But still, the 1,000-square-foot Victorian cottage didn't live up to its potential inside. hotel room that could only be described as disheveled - covers strewed across the bed, towels on the floor, half-empty coffee cups on the table - when there was a knock on the

    WN.com - Business News

  • Obama's approval rating finally rising, says poll hotel room that could only be described as disheveled - covers tossed across the bed, towels on the floor, half-empty coffee cups on the table - when there was a knock News 215-854-5960 Almost 29 years have passed since an assassin's bullet took John Lennon.

    WN.com - Articles related to Air Canada expected to expand technical services for travelling public

  • "If you're looking to buy in a building, and the staff is curt or not polite or disheveled, that is very important in determining property values," said David Kuperberg, the chief executive of Cooper Square Realty Inc., which manages about 200 co-op and condominium buildings, mostly in Manhattan.

    ParaPundit

  • The women without make-up not only have a kind of disheveled, ungroomed look but are deliberately more covered-up than their made-up counterparts.

    French Elle: Stars without Makeup » Sociological Images

  • But yesterday, The New York Times Book Review called my book "disheveled" and "trapped in time."

    Erica Jong: On Being a Car Wreck

  • And I'm not a polished person -- I have used the term "disheveled" to describe me before.

    Kittenpie Pondering

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  • "His hair was dripping wet, disheveled-even so, he looked like he'd just finished shooting a commercial for hair gel."- Twilight, Stephanie Meyer, pg.43

    October 27, 2010