dis·or·der·ly | \-ˈȯrd-ər-lē \

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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disorderliness noun

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

For his part, Mr. Rice has proposed his own marijuana bill that would decriminalize the possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana, and make carrying more a disorderly persons charge that would impose only a fine. Karen Rouse, New York Times, "Racial Justice Drives Fight for, and Against, Legal Pot in New Jersey," 11 Mar. 2018 Ben Gamel looked like someone kicked out of multiple Georgia softball leagues for disorderly behavior. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Solving the Yankees' Sonny Gray Problem, AL East Deciding Factors and Our Favorite Statcast Quirks," 2 July 2018 Police got a call from mall security that afternoon requesting assistance with five disorderly men in the mall. Fox News, "Review: Police punch at mall was justified," 23 May 2018 The Miami New Times reported Crenshaw has been arrested several times for trespassing, disorderly intoxication and battering police, among other things. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Florida Man with No Arms Stabs Tourist Visiting Popular South Beach Area, Police Say," 11 July 2018 Crenshaw's arrest record includes previous offenses dating to 2008, for trespassing, disorderly intoxication, vandalism, and battery on police officers, firefights and city code inspectors. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "A homeless South Beach artist has no arms. But he stabbed a tourist, police say," 11 July 2018 Burch is charged with disturbing the peace at a public lodging and disorderly intoxication. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Man arrested in Disney World "active shooter" YouTube stunt," 30 May 2018 Kenney, a retired Florida police officer, said that while the policy is not bad, Smith may not have followed it completely if the young man was only being disorderly. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Expert questions officer's use of Taser on black boy in Clifton Heights," 26 Apr. 2018 But despite a disorderly administration and confusion in Washington, the economy is on a roll and the stock market has soared. Tony James, WSJ, "Go for Growth, Fellow Dems," 28 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 \

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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to reject or criticize sharply

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