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dis·​or·​der·​ly (ˌ)dis-ˈȯrd-ər-lē How to pronounce disorderly (audio)
: in a disorderly manner


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

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
The suspect, a 20-year-old who is not listed in the UW-Madison student directory, was arrested for disorderly contact and resisting arrest. Kelly Meyerhofer, Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2024 Chinese authorities asserted that these hectic actions were aimed to rectify the myriad of regulatory problems caused by years of unchecked growth and disorderly competition among local tech giants. Angela Huyue Zhang, TIME, 7 May 2024 This disorderly and violent conduct created a clear and present danger of injury to the victim in this case. Brie Stimson, Fox News, 3 May 2024 Harrower was charged July 6, 2023, with four misdemeanors: entering and remaining in a restricted building; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star, 10 Apr. 2024 Yet, without proper planning, these situations can rapidly become chaotic and disorderly, putting everyone in danger. Ozgur Ulku, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Nashville police reported they were called to a bar on Broadway Street on March 9 for a disorderly person. The Enquirer, 3 Apr. 2024 Hodges was charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; and parading, picketing, and demonstrating in a Capitol building. Joe Marusak, Charlotte Observer, 2 Feb. 2024 According to police, officers attempted to disperse a disorderly group on West 42nd St. when a physical altercation occurred. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1560, in the meaning defined above


1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of disorderly was in 1555

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Cite this Entry

“Disorderly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disorderly. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: not behaving quietly or well : upsetting public order : unruly
disorderly persons
disorderly conduct
: not neat or orderly
a disorderly mass of papers
disorderliness noun

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