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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Other Words from disorderly


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 Mushtaq left his family standing in a knee-deep sewage canal beside the airport’s concrete barrier, where hundreds of others were also waiting in disorderly queues. Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2021 Hazing that causes bodily injury has been upgraded a to fourth-degree crime from a disorderly persons offense. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 25 Aug. 2021 Bitcoin on Monday topped $50,000 for the first time since May as crypto prices continued an ongoing recovery from a disorderly rout just three months ago. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Aug. 2021 While the disorderly conclusion of the Afghan war dominated Washington in recent days, China may be a bigger priority for Harris' trip. Alexandra Jaffe, ajc, 20 Aug. 2021 Homeless people and disorderly drug addicts loitered on the trolley platforms. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Aug. 2021 Deadly chaos continued around Kabul’s international airport over the weekend, with a further seven Afghan civilians killed in swelling and disorderly crowds, the British military said on Sunday. Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2021 Please be advised the South Shore Line reserves the right to remove disorderly passengers. Post-tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 27 July 2021 Carr was charged with disorderly intoxication and given trespass warnings from both hotels. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 15 May 2021

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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 21 Sep. 2021.

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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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