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disheveled


Her clothing was disheveled.
  messy (untidy or disordered) — especially of a person’s clothes and hair
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  • Her clothing was disheveled.
  • She was disheveled and distraught.
  • she smoothed and fastened up Jo’s disheveled hair.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • a glance of disdain at his fellows who strewed the ground, choking with dust, red from perspiration, misty-eyed, disheveled.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage

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  • She glares at me, pinching her nose closed, her hair disheveled, her free hand trembling.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • I apologized for my disheveled appearance and thanked her, then asked if she wouldn’t mind leaving us alone.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • She stopped and scratched her disheveled red hair.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • She wipes her face with a moist cloth and runs her fingers through her sleep-disheveled hair in a vain effort and ties an apron around her housecoat.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • He was there at the table, silent and disheveled, holding his cup of strong, black coffee in both hands, when Tom and Meo went in to eat supper.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • ...a few minutes later, a disheveled, sleepy-eyed Jason joined us.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift

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  • Gregor’s mother, her hair still dishevelled from bed despite the chief clerk’s being there, looked at his father.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • The Christmas Tree is in the corner by the piano, stripped of its ornaments and with burnt-down candle-ends on its dishevelled branches.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • Pale though he was from long imprisonment in the Deep Lands, dressed in black, dusty, dishevelled, and weary, there was something in his face and air which no one could mistake.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • Cook comes up behind Izzi, and I’m shocked to see that she too is disheveled, her eyes red-rimmed.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • He’s a bit disheveled, having fought the raging rapids of kids still funneling out of the school.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • He looked tired and disheveled, but he managed a slight nod and a small smile—nothing more than an unfortunate wrinkle in the mess that was his face.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • She pounded the knocker of the front door, and it wasn’t until the butler came to the door and fixed her with a disdainful stare that she realized how disheveled she must look, how many rules of polite society she was breaking.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • My home was disheveled but not yet wrecked when she first started kissing my husband, reaching inside his trousers, slipping into bed with him.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He had gone the disheveled route: rumpled blazer and tousled hair and now no tie, and his skin was all gold from the springtime sunshine, and he was so beautiful that it made her heart hurt.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Sweating, dirty, and disheveled—we must’ve been a sight.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • I tumbled into my new steel-toed shoes and presented myself at the correctional officers’ office, totally disheveled and with unbrushed teeth.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • While her mom loved the pheasant at the country club, Dad preferred biscuits and gravy at the local diner; while Mom never walked as far as the mailbox without her makeup, Dad wore jeans, and his hair was always a bit disheveled.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Angeline stood it with noble stoicism for about an hour and then, sadly disheveled, she attempted to protect herself by sitting on her tail and tucking her mauled head down between her legs.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • He wore a slightly disheveled look, as if he’d only woken up a few minutes ago.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "I’m very sorry," I said, feeling completely disheveled.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "Oh no, oh no, oh no," their mother was muttering, running her hands distractedly through her already disheveled hair.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • He has disheveled, sandy blond hair, and his hazel eyes are magnified by his glasses.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • She spun back to Peony—the disheveled blankets, the scratches on her arm, the blue fingertips dangling over the side of the bed.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • He gave a ferocious yawn and ran his fingers sleepily through his hair, as people often do when they first awake, which likely accounted for its disheveled state.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • No wonder Chaol had looked so disheveled this morning!
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Her disheveled hair dangled around her shocked, gray face.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Bellatrix had spoken: She sat closest to Voldemort, disheveled, her face a little bloody but otherwise unharmed.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • His white hair is so disheveled that he momentarily reminds me of a mad scientist.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • His glasses were thick, his hair was disheveled and wildly amassed on a narrow, strikingly intelligent head.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "Good to see my lessons were of some benefit to you," Clancy snarled, raking a hand through his disheveled hair.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Among my other disheveled qualities was apparently an inattention to personal hygiene, hence I soon became known as Stinky.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Susie has yellow hair, which I can tell she rolls and sets and then dishevels, and tips ash-blond at the ends.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The door closed behind him with a bang that blew out two more, and he peered into the sudden gloom, pushing a hand through his disheveled hair.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Vrolijk Kerstfeest! said the kitchen boy half an hour later — a stout, disheveled teenager straight from Jan Steen with a wreath of tinsel on his head and a sprig of holly behind one ear.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Chris Raleigh came in about eight, tossing a surprised look at my bleary eyes and disheveled appearance.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • His face was pale and drawn, his hair disheveled.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • No wonder they looked a bit disheveled.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • I grin at the sight of Uriah’s disheveled hair, and the elevator doors open.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Padre Leo is so disheveled that visitors sometimes mistake him for one of the poor, dirty migrants sitting outside.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Apparently Mr. Malfoy had set out in a great hurry, for not only were his shoes half-polished, but his usually sleek hair was disheveled.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Milo hauled violently at a disheveled hunk of his off-colored mustache.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She ran barefoot down to the living room and found Rasheed already by the window, in his undershirt, his hair disheveled, palms pressed to the glass.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • But his face was unshaven, his clothes disheveled, his name unfamiliar, his address not in an affluent area.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Arthur glanced around him once more, and then down at himself, at the sweaty disheveled clothes he had been lying in the mud in on Thursday morning.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • At the foot of Harry’s mattress he saw two large, disheveled shapes emerging from tangles of blankets.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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