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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
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 First and foremost, the wars in Ukraine and Gaza underpin China’s argument that the world is becoming ever more disorderly. Mark Leonard, Foreign Affairs, 8 Jan. 2024 In September, a jury found Ryan Zink guilty of a felony count of obstructing an official proceeding and two misdemeanor counts of entering a restricted building and disorderly or disruptive conduct. The Arizona Republic, 6 Jan. 2024 In some cases, students were labeled defiant or disorderly for fighting, throwing chairs or even hitting a teacher. Sarah Butrymowicz, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2024 Patel was arrested on two counts of battery and one count of disorderly intoxication. Landon Mion, Fox News, 23 Mar. 2024 Indian streets are disorderly at the best of times. IEEE Spectrum, 21 Mar. 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

Dictionary Entries Near disorderly

Cite this Entry

“Disorderly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disorderly. Accessed 22 Apr. 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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