\ \ [15] Semantically, dishevelledwith untidy hair’ and unkemptwith uncombed hair’ are closely parallel formations. Dishevelled originated as an adaptation of deschevele, the past participle of Old French deschevelerdisarrange the hair’. This was a compound verb formed from the prefix dis- ‘apart’ and chevelhair’, a descendant of Latin capillushair’ (from which English got capillary [17]). In Middle English its meaning was extended to ‘without a head-dress’, and even to ‘undressed’, but its modern metaphorical application is the more general ‘untidy’. (The verb dishevel was a late 16th-century back-formation from dishevelled.)

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