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/ keɪˈɒt ɪk /


completely confused or disordered: a chaotic mass of books and papers.

Nearby words

  1. chaochow,
  2. chaology,
  3. chaordic,
  4. chaos,
  5. chaos theory,
  6. chaozhou,
  7. chap,
  8. chap hop,
  9. chap stick,
  10. chap.

Origin of chaotic

First recorded in 1705–15; chao(s) + -tic

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for chaotic



1713, "in a state of primordial chaos," irregularly formed in English from chaos + -ic, probably on model of eros/erotic, demos/demotic, hypnos/hypnotic, etc. Transferred or figurative meaning "confused, disordered" is from 1747.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper