Definition of dishevelled adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

dishevelled

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//dɪˈʃevld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈʃevld//
 
(especially British English)(usually North American English disheveled) Describing hair
 
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(of hair, clothes or somebody’s general appearance) very untidy synonym unkempt He looked tired and dishevelled. She returned at 1 a.m. in a dishevelled state. See related entries: Describing hair Word Origin 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.