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dishevel

[dih-shev-uh l] /dɪˈʃɛv əl/
verb (used with object), disheveled, disheveling or (especially British) 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 papers on the desk.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; back formation from disheveled
Related forms
dishevelment, noun
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  • He still wore the clothes in which he had slept, but in his intellectual dishevelment he had little concern for his appearance.
  • Repeated episodes of gross impairment or dishevelment.
British Dictionary definitions for dishevelment

dishevel

/dɪˈʃɛvəl/
verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
1.
to disarrange (the hair or clothes) of (someone)
Derived Forms
dishevelment, noun
Word Origin
C15: back formation from dishevelled
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Word Origin and History for dishevelment

dishevel

v.

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.

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