dishevel late 14c., from O.Fr. deschevele "bare-headed, with shaven head," pp. of descheveler "to disarrange the hair," from des- "apart" (see DIS- (Cf. dis-)) + chevel "hair," from L. capillus "hair" (see CAPILLARY (Cf. capillary)).

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  • Dishevel — Di*shev el, v. i. To be spread in disorder or hang negligently, as the hair. [R.] Sir T. Herbert. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • dishevel — index agitate (shake up), discompose, disorganize, disrupt, disturb Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • dishevel — [di shev′əl] vt. disheveled or dishevelled, disheveling or dishevelling [back form. < DISHEVELED] 1. to cause (hair, clothing, etc.) to become disarranged and untidy, as by pulling or loosening, etc.; tousle or rumple 2. to cause the hair or… …   English World dictionary

  • dishevel — verb disarrange or rumple; dishevel The strong wind tousled my hair • Syn: ↑tousle, ↑tangle • Derivationally related forms: ↑tangle (for: ↑tangle) …   Useful english dictionary

  • dishevel — transitive verb (disheveled or dishevelled; disheveling or dishevelling) Etymology: back formation from disheveled Date: 1598 to throw into disorder or disarray • dishevelment noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dishevel — dishevelment, n. /di shev euhl/, v.t., disheveled, disheveling or (esp. Brit.) dishevelled, dishevelling. 1. to let down, as hair, or wear or let hang in loose disorder, as clothing. 2. to cause untidiness and disarray in: The wind disheveled the …   Universalium

  • dishevel — verb /dɪ(s)ʃɛvəl/ a) To throw into disorder; upheave. The economic crisis disheveled the lives of several families. b) To disarrange or loosen (hair or clothing) …   Wiktionary

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  • dishevel — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. muss, tousle. See disorder. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To put (the hair or clothes) into a state of disarray: disarrange, disorder, mess (up), muss (up), rumple, tousle. See ORDER …   English dictionary for students

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