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

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 The bank’s new policy tool, the Transmission Protection Instrument, is intended to stop disorderly moves in government bond markets. New York Times, 21 July 2022 Officers were called to the intersection of Columbia Road and Washington Street in Dorchester at around 10 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a disorderly group aboard a bus, according to the statement. Camilo Fonseca, BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2022 Prosecutors dismissed a felony charge of carrying a gun while intoxicated and a misdemeanor domestic disorderly charge. BostonGlobe.com, 14 July 2022 As the exodus of government ministers continued into Thursday morning, Mr. Johnson was ultimately left with no choice but to announce that his often disorderly time in Downing Street, marked by frequent periods of crisis, was drawing to a close. New York Times, 8 July 2022 Those in violation of the curfew could be charged with a disorderly person’s offense and subject to penalties imposed by the Toms River Municipal Court. Julia Musto, Fox News, 16 June 2022 The commission found that employees at Floods Urban Seafood Lounge allowed disorderly activities on Dec. 14. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 26 Feb. 2021 Friday was phase one of the trial period and Coalition members, with support from multiple car clubs from across San Diego County, stressed the importance of abiding by traffic laws, keeping streets clean and avoiding disorderly behavior. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2022 Miller noted that Cabana's membership had been revoked for two separate incidents of disorderly behavior at the museum in recent days. David Aaro, Fox News, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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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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