disheveled
[ dih-shev-uhld ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Late-Middle English; from the obsolete dishevely, from the 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."
Synonyms
    1.
  • disordered dirty
    2.
  • bedraggled messy rumpled
Antonyms
    1.
  • ordered tidy
    2.
  • clean neat
Definition
1. untidy; disarranged
2. hanging loosely or in disorder; unkempt
Examples
1. A) His room was disheveled from searching for the keyring. B) The contents of her desk were disheveled, making finding the essay a challenge.
2. A) His disheveled coat looked about 3 sizes too big for him. B) Her hair had become disheveled over the course of the month, but she had barely noticed.
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