orderly

adjective
or·​der·​ly | \ ˈȯr-dər-lē How to pronounce orderly (audio) \

Definition of orderly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : arranged or disposed in some order or pattern : regular orderly rows of houses
(2) : marked by order : tidy keeps an orderly desk
b : governed by law : regulated an orderly universe
c : methodical an orderly mind
2 : well behaved : peaceful an orderly crowd

orderly

noun
plural orderlies

Definition of orderly (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a soldier assigned to perform various services (such as carrying messages) for a superior officer
2 : a hospital attendant who does routine or heavy work (such as cleaning, carrying supplies, or moving patients)

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Other Words from orderly

Adjective

orderly adverb

Examples of orderly in a Sentence

Adjective an orderly arrangement of pictures She sorted the information into orderly categories. Outside the theater, an orderly line of people waited to buy tickets. an orderly crowd of protesters Please exit the building in an orderly fashion.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This is a good time to analyze data or use spreadsheets to put information into an orderly format. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 13, 2020: Taurus, pay attention to rules; Pisces, investigate new ideas," 13 Jan. 2020 By Lynn Good OPINION Soleimani's death fits Trump's desire for orderly withdrawal from the Middle East By Dan Hannan Subscribe here to get all the latest headlines sent right to your inbox. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "Daily Headlines: January 13, 2020," 13 Jan. 2020 The orderly, preordained world that Beetle insures is upended when seemingly random events caused by human folly—instances known as Zed—overwhelm the company’s machinery, rendering its predictions futile. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 6 Jan. 2020 Think and act in orderly ways to save time and money. chicagotribune.com, "Managing stress during the holidays," 9 Dec. 2019 One of its chief responsibilities was to write trade agreements among its members, and provide an orderly way to settle disputes. New York Times, "Trump Cripples W.T.O. as Trade War Rages," 8 Dec. 2019 That’s suggests the bubble is deflating in an orderly way—much preferable to popping. David Meyer, Fortune, "A Bad Week for CEOs: CEO Daily," 30 Sep. 2019 During our layover in Frankfurt, my fiancée and the kid decide they like Germany, something to the clean, orderly airport; noticed immediately, liked very much. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "My Own Private Decade From Hell," 30 Dec. 2019 There are no reclining beds at UTH, but a ready supply of foam wedges would do the trick—better, at least, than shoving a box under a mattress to be unwittingly removed by a nurse or orderly. Oliver Staley, Quartz Africa, "Zambia has 17 million people, a stroke epidemic, and no neurologists," 30 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Most direct patient care at UTH is provided not by nurses or orderlies, but family members. Oliver Staley, Quartz Africa, "Zambia has 17 million people, a stroke epidemic, and no neurologists," 30 Dec. 2019 White patients, white doctors, white nurses, white orderlies. oregonlive, "The tragic, redemptive journey of one human heart," 5 Oct. 2019 In a photo, Correa can be seen sitting in a wheelchair attended by at least six deputies, three nurses or orderlies and another man out of uniform. Los Angeles Times, "3 deputies cleared in death of Men’s Central Jail inmate who was pepper-sprayed," 14 Aug. 2019 Nursing assistants and orderlies working at residential care homes didn’t do much better, earning $28,530. Los Angeles Times, "Desperate for workers, aging Japan turns to robots for healthcare," 25 July 2019 So the women of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital line the hallway with female faces—doctors, nurses, orderlies, administrative staff—and physically block male staff from entering space. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Everyone Should Watch Grey's Anatomy's Powerful Message About Consent," 29 Mar. 2019 Two orderlies enter the house and start pulling Betty out…to Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "Jughead's Dad Is Up to Something on Riverdale and It's Probably Totally Bad," 29 Nov. 2018 Sawyer comes to believe that one of the hospital orderlies, George (Joshua Leonard), is in fact David Striner, the creepy lovelorn stalker who caused her to flee from Boston. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Unsane’ is a deft, disturbing piece of work — shot on an iPhone," 21 Mar. 2018 For the next week, she'll be surrounded by orderlies and other patients, either numbed out on drug cocktails or violently unstable. refinery29.com, "Unsane Has Things To Say About Gaslighting — But Not Enough," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of orderly

Adjective

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Noun

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of orderly was in 1553

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18 Jan 2020

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“Orderly.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orderly. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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More Definitions for orderly

orderly

adjective
How to pronounce orderly (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of orderly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: arranged or organized in a logical or regular way
: peaceful or well-behaved

orderly

noun

English Language Learners Definition of orderly (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who works in a hospital and does various jobs (such as moving patients or cleaning)
: a soldier who performs various services (such as carrying messages) for a superior officer

orderly

adjective
or·​der·​ly | \ ˈȯr-dər-lē How to pronounce orderly (audio) \

Kids Definition of orderly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having a neat arrangement : tidy an orderly room
2 : obeying commands or rules : well-behaved an orderly meeting orderly children

orderly

noun
plural orderlies

Kids Definition of orderly (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a soldier who works for an officer especially to carry messages
2 : a person who does cleaning and general work in a hospital

orderly

noun
or·​der·​ly | \ -lē How to pronounce orderly (audio) \
plural orderlies

Medical Definition of orderly

: a hospital attendant who does routine or heavy work (as carrying supplies or moving patients)

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