Also, especially British, dishevelled.

1375–1425; late Middle English discheveled < Old French deschevele, past participle of descheveler to dishevel the hair, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -cheveler, derivative of chevel a hair < Latin capillus

undisheveled, adjective

2. rumpled, messy, slovenly, sloppy. Unabridged


verb (used with object), disheveled, disheveling or (especially British) dishevelled, dishevelling.
to let down, as hair, or wear or let hang in loose disorder, as clothing.
to cause untidiness and disarray in: The wind disheveled the papers on the desk.

1590–1600; back formation from disheveled

dishevelment, noun Unabridged
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dishevel (dɪˈʃɛvəl)
vb , (US) -els, -elling, -elled, -els, -eling, -eled
to disarrange (the hair or clothes) of (someone)
[C15: back formation from dishevelled]

dishevelled or (US) disheveled (dɪˈʃɛvəld)
1.  (esp of hair) hanging loosely
2.  (of general appearance) unkempt; untidy
[C15 dischevelee, from Old French deschevelé, from des-dis-1 + chevel hair, from Latin capillus]
disheveled or (US) disheveled
[C15 dischevelee, from Old French deschevelé, from des-dis-1 + chevel hair, from Latin capillus]

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Main Entry:  disheveled1
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  messed up or disarrayed, esp. the hair; untidy
Etymology:  Old French descheveler 'to disarrange the hair'
Usage:  also dishevelled's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. deschevele, pp. of descheveler "to disarrange the hair," from des- "apart" + chevel "hair," from L. capillus "hair."

also dishevelled, mid-15c., pp. adj. from dishevel; originally "without dressed hair;" general sense of "with disordered dress" is from 1610s.
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Example sentences
People look tired, disheveled, but generally excited.
Scrawny and disheveled in January, she has put on weight and looks neat, her
  hair in black ribbons and braids.
He looked disheveled, underweight, and could not tell them what year it was.
But Utopia was never meant to exist on this disheveled planet.
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