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 The man was arrested on charges of disorderly behavior under Section 5 of the Public Order Act and for obstructing the highway, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. Fox News, "Boris Johnson's car in minor crash after protester jumps in front of caravan," 17 June 2020 Even his government’s disorderly response helped tame the outbreak, though, and by May cases had dropped enough for restrictions to be largely lifted. The Economist, "An unwanted guest returns The Middle East is fighting a second wave of covid-19," 13 June 2020 Police had trouble getting to the scene of the crime because of a large, disorderly crowd, according to a police spokesperson. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Police identify man fatally shot 'over trivial matter' in Over-the-Rhine," 7 June 2020 The station, citing a police report, reported that Wallen was kicked out for being disorderly inside the bar and kicking glass items, that officers saw him being ejected and that he was placed into police custody after refusing to walk away. NBC News, "Country musician Morgan Wallen apologizes after getting tossed from Kid Rock's bar," 26 May 2020 The man did not have anyone to take him home, so officers placed him into custody for being disorderly while intoxicated, according to a police report. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Suspect said ‘time to rumble’: Westlake Police Blotter," 21 Mar. 2020 The other half of the protein is disorderly, forming a floppy tail that hangs off the cell surface and into the space between cells. Scientific American, "The Married Researchers Racing to Stop Prion Disease," 29 Feb. 2020 Progress so far has been easier to detect in financial markets, which have rebounded from their late-March lows and sometimes disorderly trading, than in the lives of the average American. Author: David J. Lynch, Abha Bhattarai, Anchorage Daily News, "Push to reopen economy runs up against workers and consumers worried about risk," 29 Apr. 2020 Violations of emergency orders constitute a disorderly persons offense carrying a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, Gewal said. Fox News, "Organizer of NJ coronavirus stay-at-home protest hit with criminal violation," 19 Apr. 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 3 Jul. 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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