disorderly

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

Definition of disorderly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

archaic
: in a disorderly manner

disorderly

adjective

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

Adjective

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 About 200 people have been charged so far solely with misdemeanors - typically trespassing and/or disorderly or violent conduct in the restricted Capitol building or grounds - which usually do not require first offenders to serve time in prison. BostonGlobe.com, 3 June 2021 About 200 people have been charged so far solely with misdemeanors — typically trespassing and/or disorderly or violent conduct in the restricted Capitol building or grounds — which usually do not require first offenders to serve time in prison. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 This month, the Federal Aviation Administration warned air travelers that there has been a spike in disorderly or dangerous behavior aboard passenger planes. NBC News, 28 May 2021 The agency has received more than 2,500 reports linked to disorderly-passenger conduct this year, the majority of them linked to passengers refusing to comply with the mask policy. Doug Cameron, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Residents said there was little warning before the eruption and evacuations were rushed and disorderly. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 24 May 2021 The previous weekend, officers were maced, and pelted with rocks and debris while trying to disperse disorderly crowds. Heather Mac Donald, WSJ, 24 May 2021 Don’t let your life snowball into a disorderly mess. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 May 2021 Ohio Investigative Unit agents report Legends Sports Bar & Grill in Parma, the Clevelander Bar & Grill in Cleveland and Holiday Inn in Independence were cited for improper conduct-disorderly activity and social-distancing violations. Marc Bona, cleveland, 1 May 2021

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First Known Use of disorderly

Adverb

1560, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

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 19 Jun. 2021.

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disorderly

adjective

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

disorderly

adjective
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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