having the joints or connections separated: a disjointed fowl.
disconnected; incoherent: a disjointed discourse.
Entomology. disjunct(def 3).

Origin of disjointed

First recorded in 1580–90; disjoint + -ed2
Related formsdis·joint·ed·ly, adverbdis·joint·ed·ness, nounun·dis·joint·ed, adjective

Synonyms for disjointed

2. rambling, confused, chaotic, disordered.



verb (used with object)

to separate or disconnect the joints or joinings of.
to put out of order; derange.

verb (used without object)

to come apart.
to be dislocated; be out of joint.


  1. (of two sets) having no common elements.
  2. (of a system of sets) having the property that every pair of sets is disjoint.
Obsolete. disjointed; out of joint.

Origin of disjoint

1400–50; late Middle English disjointen to destroy < Anglo-French, Old French desjoint, past participle of desjoindre to disjoin
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Examples from the Web for disjointed

Contemporary Examples of disjointed

Historical Examples of disjointed

  • He was tired; his brain ached with thought, and his thought was disjointed.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

  • In his disjointed speeches, I could see how exactly the same it all remained.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • The skin is then taken off to the knees, when the legs are disjointed, and also off the head.

  • Cleveland exclaimed in disjointed sentences as he also stared into the plate.


    Edward Elmer Smith

  • The voice that uttered these disjointed sentences was only too well known to Theodore.

British Dictionary definitions for disjointed



having no coherence; disconnected
separated at the joint
Derived Formsdisjointedly, adverbdisjointedness, noun



to take apart or come apart at the joints
(tr) to disunite or disjoin
to dislocate or become dislocated
(tr; usually passive) to end the unity, sequence, or coherence of


maths (of two sets) having no members in common
obsolete disjointed
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Word Origin and History for disjointed

1640s, past participle adjective from disjoint (mid-15c.), from Old French desjoindre, from Latin disjungere, from dis- (see dis-) + jungere (see jugular).

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Medicine definitions for disjointed




To put out of joint; dislocate.
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