[ dis-awr-der ]
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  1. lack of order or regular arrangement; confusion: Your room is in utter disorder.

  2. an irregularity: a disorder in legal proceedings.

  1. breach of order; disorderly conduct; public disturbance.

  2. a disturbance in physical or mental health or functions; malady or dysfunction: a mild stomach disorder.

verb (used with object)
  1. to destroy the order or regular arrangement of; disarrange.

  2. to derange the physical or mental health or functions of.

Origin of disorder

First recorded in 1470–80; dis-1 + order

synonym study For disorder

3. Disorder, brawl, disturbance, uproar are disruptions or interruptions of a peaceful situation. Disorder refers to civil unrest or to any scene in which there is confusion or fighting: The police went to the scene of the disorder. A brawl is a noisy, unseemly quarrel, usually in a public place: a tavern brawl. A disturbance is disorder of a size as to inconvenience people: to cause a disturbance. An uproar is a tumult, a bustle and clamor of many voices, often because of a disturbance: a mighty uproar.

Other words for disorder

Other words from disorder

  • pre·dis·or·der, noun

Words Nearby disorder

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How to use disorder in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for disorder


/ (dɪsˈɔːdə) /

  1. a lack of order; disarray; confusion

  2. a disturbance of public order or peace

  1. an upset of health; ailment

  2. a deviation from the normal system or order

  1. to upset the order of; disarrange; muddle

  2. to disturb the health or mind of

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