The seizing of an American reporter was only a matter of time, and the bespectacled and disheveled Ostrovsky was a prime target.
When I arrived at school, my uniform was disheveled; my hair was a mess.
“I fully expect him to show up in a bathrobe next time with disheveled hair,” Lehane joked in an interview.
This time, though he was disheveled, Poppo was polite and well spoken.
He might be a busboy, or more likely, the disheveled nerd working behind the counter at a bookstore.
In utter misery and despair her head bowed in her hands; and her brown hair, disheveled, dropped down.
His all-night ride from Cherbourg had left him disheveled, unshaven and hungry.
The face of Laura, with disheveled hair and fear-widened eyes, was peering in at him.
He was disheveled, surprised and angry, but Garlock gave him no chance to speak.
A lady's disheveled hat blew by me, and with the howl of the wind came, almost drowned, excited human utterances.
messed up or disarrayed, esp. the hair; untidy
Old French descheveler 'to disarrange the hair'
also dishevelled, early 15c., "without dressed hair," parallel form of dishevel (adj.); see dishevel. General sense of "with disordered dress" is from c.1600.
originally an adjective, "bare-headed," late 14c., variant (with muted final -e) of dishevely, from Old French deschevele "bare-headed, with shaven head," past participle adjective from descheveler "to disarrange the hair," from des- "apart" (see dis-) + chevel "hair," from Latin capillus "hair" (see capillary). Of the hair, "dissheveled," mid-15c. OED says use as a verb is chiefly a back-formation from disheveled.