disarray

[ dis-uh-rey ]
/ ˌdɪs əˈreɪ /

verb (used with object)

to put out of array or order; throw into disorder.
to undress.

noun

disorder; confusion: The army retreated in disarray.
disorder of apparel.

Nearby words

  1. disarm,
  2. disarmament,
  3. disarming,
  4. disarmingly,
  5. disarrange,
  6. disarticulate,
  7. disarticulation,
  8. disassemble,
  9. disassembler,
  10. disassociate

Origin of disarray

1350–1400; (noun) late Middle English; Middle English disrai, d(e)rai < Anglo-French dissairay, Old French desaroi; (v.) Middle English disarayen < Anglo-French desaraier, Old French desareer; see dis-1, array

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British Dictionary definitions for disarray

disarray

/ (ˌdɪsəˈreɪ) /

noun

confusion, dismay, and lack of discipline
(esp of clothing) disorderliness; untidiness

verb (tr)

to throw into confusion
archaic to undress
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Word Origin and History for disarray
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