disheveling






verb (used with object), di·shev·eled, di·shev·el·ing or (especially British) di·shev·elled, di·shev·el·ling.

  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 papers on the desk.

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled

  1. to disarrange (the hair or clothes) of (someone)
v.

originally an adjective, “bare-headed,” late 14c., variant (with muted final -e) of dishevely, from Old French deschevele “bare-headed, with shaven head,” past participle adjective from descheveler “to disarrange the hair,” from des- “apart” (see dis-) + chevel “hair,” from Latin capillus “hair” (see capillary). Of the hair, “dissheveled,” mid-15c. OED says use as a verb is chiefly a back-formation from disheveled.

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