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

anarchic (also anarchical), lawbreaking, lawless, unruly

Antonyms: Adjective

law-abiding, orderly

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Examples of disorderly in a Sentence


She was charged with being drunk and disorderly. He was found guilty of disorderly conduct.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Political turmoil in Britain in recent weeks has increased the likelihood of a disorderly exit, in which case decades of financial integration could come undone overnight on March 29, the deadline for the U.K. to leave the EU. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Bankers Don’t Flee London, Despite Exodus Predictions," 22 Feb. 2019 Dykstra is charged with third-degree making terroristic threats, third-degree charges for possession of cocaine and MDMA and disorderly persons charges for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "Former New York Mets player Lenny Dykstra claims he was kidnapped by Uber driver," 8 June 2018 Advocates for strict discipline say some schools have become more disorderly as students learned administrators were under pressure to decrease suspensions. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "NYC Student Suspensions Rise as Advocates Call for Change," 31 Oct. 2018 The room where officers found the boy was disorderly and contained no furniture, police said. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Dad charged with child abuse homicide after son, 2, shoots self, authorities say," 8 June 2018 Were police in Washington right to arrest 21 partygoers for being disorderly and trespassing in 2008 at a booze- and drug-fueled bachelor party replete with strippers and hosted by a woman named Peaches? Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics Today: The shutdown gets shut down," 22 Jan. 2018 Removing drunk, disorderly patrons from businesses no longer wanting their patronage in the wee hours of the morning is part of their job description. Amanda Walker, AL.com, "Will you boycott Waffle House, or boycott the boycott?," 3 May 2018 Police and other officials have tried tightening rules regarding the wild pub crawls and disorderly behavior. Elizabeth Llorente | Fox News, Fox News, "Prostitutes and British tourists in violent clashes at notorious party resort in Spain," 3 June 2018 Our officers responded to 318 Miracle Strip Parkway, SW, at 0129 hours in reference to a disorderly incident between staff and a customer. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Are We Done Yet With Waffle House? Viral Video Shows Black Couple Being Arrested for Questioning Juice Charge at Florida Waffle House," 14 June 2018

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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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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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