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Definitions for dishevel
dɪˈʃɛv əldi·shev·el

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tousle, dishevel, tangleverb

    disarrange or rumple; dishevel

    "The strong wind tousled my hair"


  1. dishevelverb

    To throw into disorder; upheave.

    The economic crisis disheveled the lives of several families.

  2. dishevelverb

    To disarrange or loosen (hair or clothing).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Dishevelverb

    To spread the hair disorderly; to throw the hair of a woman negligently about her head. It is not often used but in the passive participle.

    Etymology: decheveler, French.

    A gentle lady all alone,
    With garments rent and hair dishevelled,
    Wringing her hands, and making piteous moan. Edmund Spenser, Fa. Qu.

    After followed great numbers of women weeping, with dishevelled hair, scratching their faces and tearing themselves after the manner of the country. Richard Knolles.

    A troop of Trojans mix’d with these appear,
    And mourning matrons with dishevell’d hair. John Dryden, Æneid.

    The flames involv’d in smoak
    Of incence, from the sacred altar broke,
    Caught her dishevell’d hair and rich attire. John Dryden, Æneid.

    You this morn beheld his ardent eyes,
    Saw his arm lock’d in her dishevell’d hair. Edmund Smith, Ph. Hip.


  1. dishevel

    Dishevel, typically used in a format like "dishevelled," describes a state of being messy or untidy, particularly with regards to a person's appearance or environment. It indicates a neglected, chaotic, or disorderly condition. For example, a person's hair or clothing might be dishevelled if it's not properly arranged or neat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dishevelverb

    to suffer (the hair) to hang loosely or disorderly; to spread or throw (the hair) in disorder; -- used chiefly in the passive participle

  2. Dishevelverb

    to spread loosely or disorderly

  3. Dishevelverb

    to be spread in disorder or hang negligently, as the hair

  4. Etymology: [OF. descheveler, F. dcheveler, LL. discapillare; dis- + L. capillus the hair of the head. See Capillary.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dishevel

    di-shev′el, v.t. to disorder the hair: to cause the hair to hang loose.—v.i. to spread in disorder:—pr.p. dishev′elling; pa.p. dishev′elled.—n. Dishev′elment. [O. Fr. discheveler—Low L. discapillāre, to tear out or disorder the hair—L. dis, in different directions, capillus, the hair.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dishevel in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dishevel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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