Definition of dishevel in US English:


verbdishevels, disheveled, dishevelled, dishevelling, disheveling

[with object]
  • Make (a person's hair or clothes) untidy.

    ‘he ran one hand through his hair, further disheveling it’
    • ‘Alex lightly dug his fist into my head, disheveling my hair.’
    • ‘I leaned against him, running my fingers through his tidy brown hair, disheveling it.’
    • ‘Edward ran a hand through his hair, disheveling it, as he entered his own bedchamber.’
    • ‘‘Sorry,’ he runs a hand through his hair, further disheveling it, ‘hope it wasn't too long a wait…‘’
    • ‘He sighed and ran a hand through his neat hair, disheveling it completely.’
    • ‘She was so beautiful, standing there, looking at him with her deep-set eyes and the wind disheveling her hair, blowing it across her peachy skinned face.’
    • ‘I sat up quickly, disheveling my clothes and pillows.’
    disorder, bring into disorder, throw into disorder, put out of place, throw into disarray, make disorderly, disorganize, disturb, displace
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Probably a back-formation from disheveled.