- to cause (hair, clothing, etc.) to become disarranged and untidy, as by pulling or loosening, etc.; tousle or rumple
- to cause the hair or clothes of (a person) to become thus disarranged
Origin of dishevelback-formation ; from disheveled
transitive verbdi·shev·eled, di·shev·el·ing, di·shev·els or di·shev·elled or di·shev·el·ling
- a. To loosen and let fall (hair or clothing) in disarray.b. To disarrange the hair or clothing of.
- To throw into disorder.
Origin of dishevelBack-formation from disheveled.
(third-person singular simple present dishevels, present participle disheveling or dishevelling, simple past and past participle disheveled or dishevelled)
- To throw into disorder; upheave.
- To disarrange or loosen (hair, clothing, etc.).
Old French descheveler