dis·​or·​der·​ly | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈȯrd-ər-lē How to pronounce disorderly (audio) , (ˌ)diz- \

Definition of disorderly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in a disorderly manner



Definition of disorderly (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : engaged in conduct offensive to public order charged with being drunk and disorderly
2 : characterized by disorder a disorderly pile of clothes

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disorderliness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for disorderly

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of disorderly in a Sentence

Adjective She was charged with being drunk and disorderly. He was found guilty of disorderly conduct.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But most of the time, disorderly people just leave. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "'I feel threatened!": Viral video shows shopper throwing tantrum, but who protects workers?," 8 July 2020 There are disorderly groups all over the city challenging police officers. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "VIDEO: Two elderly men stabbed on NYC subway during Independence Day weekend," 12 July 2020 Retailers, restaurants and grocery stores often train staff on how to deescalate situations with disorderly customers. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "'I feel threatened!": Viral video shows shopper throwing tantrum, but who protects workers?," 8 July 2020 Restrictions put in place to contain the virus’ spread are being lifted in varying degrees from city to city, marking a disorderly exit from quarantine. Washington Post, "First major Brazilian cities resume classes amid pandemic," 6 July 2020 Chisler is accused of shooting Randy Sewell at Ojos Locos Sports Cantina on Alma School Road just south of U.S. 60 on Dec. 6 after responding to reports of drunk and disorderly customers, according to the Mesa Police Department. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, "Mesa police officer charged with aggravated assault after shooting unarmed man has been fired," 1 July 2020 Police had trouble getting to the scene of the crime because of a large, disorderly crowd, a police spokesperson said. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Man turns himself in on murder warrant in connection to OTR shooting over 'trivial matter'," 25 June 2020 The state Judiciary's records show dozens of charges against Angulo dating back to 2001, mostly alleged disorderly persons offenses. Keith Schubert, USA TODAY, "Man arrested after climbing to top of 17-story amusement park ride to protest 'unfair charges'," 23 June 2020 According to a law enforcement source, the incident happened 8:45 a.m. Sunday morning on Rockaway Beach Queens boardwalk as police were responding to a disorderly group in the area. CNN, "NYPD officer in 'disturbing apparent chokehold incident' had previous civilian complaint cases on his record," 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of disorderly


1560, in the meaning defined above


1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of disorderly was in 1555

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“Disorderly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disorderly. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disorderly

: causing a problem especially in a public place by making a lot of noise, behaving violently, etc.
: not neat or orderly


dis·​or·​der·​ly | \ dis-ˈȯr-dər-lē How to pronounce disorderly (audio) \

Kids Definition of disorderly

1 : not behaving quietly or well : unruly disorderly students
2 : not neat or orderly a disorderly desk

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