dis·​or·​ga·​nized (ˌ)dis-ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīzd How to pronounce disorganized (audio)
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disorganized was in 1801

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“Disorganized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disorganized. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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