The pedophile is often imagined as the dishevelled old man baldly offering candy to preschoolers.
They looked at him curiously, but that might well be, owing to his dishevelled condition.
Then French came in, and behind him a lady in black, dishevelled, bathed in tears.
He was deadly pale, and his hair, which hung in dishevelled locks over his face, was clotted with blood.
He thought of her heavy hair, dishevelled, glimmering in her eyes.
His long hair was dishevelled, his dress disordered, and a gloomy frown darkened features naturally open and ingenuous.
I was all dishevelled and one stain of mud from head to foot.
The cowering maids and eunuchs stared at her dishevelled hair and dress, but hardly knew that she had been gone.
We speak pleonastically of "dishevelled hair," while Old Fr.
dishevelled, liberated, and burning with blushes, she watched the end of the train shrink away.
messed up or disarrayed, esp. the hair; untidy
Old French descheveler 'to disarrange the hair'
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.