dishevel

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French descheveler (nowadays écheveler).

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  • IPA(key): /dɪ(s)ˈʃɛvl̩/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛvəl

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dishevel (third-person singular simple present dishevels, present participle disheveling or dishevelling, simple past and past participle disheveled or dishevelled)

  1. (transitive) To throw into disorder; upheave.
  2. (transitive) To disarrange or loosen (hair, clothing, etc.).
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. [], London: [] [John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book II, canto I, stanza 12:
      With garments rent, and haire discheueled, / Wringing her hands, and making piteous mone;
    • 1785, William Cowper, The Garden
      Like the fair flower dishevell'd in the wind.
    • 1964 April, G. Freeman Allen, “The BRB shows traders the Liner train prototypes”, in Modern Railways, page 262:
      [...] the natural finish seems much less likely to show up the stains of travel which might soon dishevel the golden ochre or dark blue—especially the latter—[...].
  3. (intransitive) To spread out in disorder.

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