1. In an unkempt state
2. Marked by disorder or disarray
3. Hanging loosely or untidy

The word can be loosely broken into ‘dis+shelved’ – This means something that has been taken off its shelf, since things on a shelf are in an organized state, after being taken off the shelf it must have become unorganized and can be related easily to ‘dishevelled’.

1. The teacher punished them for their dishevelled uniforms.
2. The garden needs a lot of grooming as it is in a very dishevelled state at present.
3. He came across as a dishevelled and careless person to his employers.

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