V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. in disarray; 2. having a messy appearance

Synonyms: messy, unkempt, untidy, disarrayed

Antonyms: neat, tidy, orderly

Tips: Disheveled comes from the Middle French word deschevele, which means "to disarrange the hair." Disheveled still often refers to a person's hair or general appearance. Related to the word shabby, which means "worn or frayed looking," and usually describes clothes. A great description of a sloppy person may be: "He looked like a mess--his hair was disheveled and his clothes looked shabby."

Usage Examples:

The man rushed into the meeting late, looking tired and disheveled. (untidy, unkempt)

She knew she shouldn't judge the man only by his disheveled appearance and tattered clothing, but it was difficult not to do so. (messy)

Uncharacteristically disheveled, the new father found it difficult to find time for himself. (disarrayed, unkempt)

Your desk is so disheveled, it's no wonder you can't find anything. (messy)

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