- characterized by disorder; irregular; untidy; confused: a disorderly desk.
- unruly; turbulent; tumultuous: a disorderly mob.
- Law. contrary to public order or morality.
- in a disorderly manner.
Origin of disorderly
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Examples from the Web for disorderly
In 2007, at Jamaica high school in Queens, teachers started calling 911 to get police to help them deal with disorderly students.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
A new book about Victorian-era London reminds us that unregulated, disorderly places grow into great metropolises.Great Cities are Born Filthy
July 13, 2014
Petit turned himself over to police and was arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing.We Should Applaud the World Trade Center Jumpers, Not Prosecute Them
March 25, 2014
He was arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct in New Orleans.Church of Scientology Details Error in Lawrence Wright’s Book
January 23, 2013
He was ultimately fined $600 for two citations of disorderly conduct.Ezra Miller on ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower,’ Being Bisexual & More
September 18, 2012
There was a whole hierarchy of respect, outside of which existence was unrestrained and disorderly.The Dream
Flushed with victory, the troops were found riotous and disorderly.Self-Help
Then, pushing them together into a disorderly heap, she started to her feet and faced him.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
The Chinaman stokers went in a disorderly rush for the port boats.End of the Tether
The room was a large one, very dirty, ill-furnished, and disorderly.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
- untidy; irregular
- uncontrolled; unruly
- law violating public peace or order
- in an irregular or confused manner
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Word Origin and History for disorderly
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