dis·​or·​ga·​nized | \ -ˌnīzd \

Definition of disorganized 

: lacking coherence, system, or central guiding agency : not organized disorganized work habits

Examples of disorganized in a Sentence

The meeting was very disorganized.

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Perhaps better yet, pick your most disorganized friend, write in some important dates (your friends’ birthdays, your wedding date, et cetera) and start her year off right. Vogue, "The Best Planners for 2019: Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Hyper-Organized Friend," 9 Nov. 2018 In response, Democratic candidates in the northeastern district are arguing Mr. Trump’s trade fights are disorganized and too broad, hitting Minnesota’s neighbors in Canada as well as China, Mr. Trump’s trade nemesis in the 2016 campaign. William Mauldin, WSJ, "Trump’s Tariffs Find Friends in Minnesota’s North, Foes in South," 18 July 2018 Meade’s campaign has been disorganized and dysfunctional. Michael Lettieri, Washington Post, "Mexico votes tomorrow. Here’s how the country will be radically transformed when the PRI loses.," 30 June 2018 The Google protest demonstrates how tech workers — historically a relatively disorganized labor group — are banding together to make demands of how big tech companies should more ethically operate their businesses. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Google’s giant employee walkouts are one of the strongest showings of tech worker activism yet," 1 Nov. 2018 In a severe disaster, roads and airports are closed, and victims are often panicked and disorganized. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 15 Oct. 2018 Other data have suggested that most fast radio bursts originate in an area with weak or disorganized magnetic fields. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "We’ve seen more fast radio bursts, but we still don’t know what they are," 11 Oct. 2018 Lazy and disorganized people (and fresh-faced kids with poor budgeting skills) might also go hungry at your office, but there is less moral imperative to feed them (every day). Philip Galanes, New York Times, "The Drink That Stands Between Recovery and Relapse," 1 Mar. 2018 And the Trump White House, while disorganized in other areas, made its relationship with the religious right a priority. Washington Post, "Evangelical leaders downplay potential Roe v. Wade reversal," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of disorganized

1801, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of disorganized

: not arranged or planned in a particular way

: not having parts arranged in a neat and effective way

: not able to keep things arranged in a neat or effective way


dis·​or·​ga·​nized | \ dis-ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīzd \

Kids Definition of disorganized

1 : not having order a disorganized desk
2 : not able to manage or plan things well disorganized students

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