Adjective "disheveled" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person's hair, clothes, or appearance) untidy; disordered.
  1. 'In addition, they have a rough coat that gives them a disheveled appearance.'
  2. 'He didn't waste any time on saying how pleased he was to see me, or to ask what kind of a trip I had had, although one look at my disheveled appearance must have given him a good idea!'
  3. 'I caught sight of myself in his rear view mirror, and grumbled at my disheveled appearance.'
  4. 'Running a hand through my disheveled hair, I upturned the bag and emptied its contents onto my bedspread.'
  5. 'He looked her up and down and Faith could see the scorn in his face as he took in her dishevelled appearance.'
  6. 'Straightening his disheveled appearance, Edmund made his way down to the beach to greet them.'
  7. 'I was too stunned to make an effort to piece together my disheveled appearance.'
  8. 'She sat in the middle of a queen-sized bed, in rumpled black silk pajamas with her disheveled hair framing her face.'
  9. 'She twirled a strand of her long hair and smirked at my disheveled appearance.'
  10. 'Iseult unconsciously reached a hand up to her disheveled hair and looked down at her rumpled dress.'


1. hanging loosely or in disorder; unkempt: disheveled hair.

2. untidy; disarranged: a disheveled appearance.

More examples(as adjective)

"villages can be disheveled."

"people can be disheveled."

"professors can be disheveled."


Late Middle English: from obsolete dishevely, from Old French deschevele, past participle of descheveler (based on chevel ‘hair’, from Latin capillus). The original sense was ‘having the hair uncovered’; later, referring to the hair itself, ‘hanging loose’, hence ‘disordered, untidy’. Compare with unkempt.