[ dis-awr-derd ]
/ dɪsˈɔr dərd /


lacking organization or in confusion; disarranged.
suffering from or afflicted with a physical or mental disorder: a disordered liver.

Nearby words

  1. disodium phosphate,
  2. disomic,
  3. disoperation,
  4. disopyramide,
  5. disorder,
  6. disorderly,
  7. disorderly conduct,
  8. disorderly house,
  9. disorderly person,
  10. disorganization

Origin of disordered

First recorded in 1540–50; disorder + -ed2

SYNONYMS FOR disordered
1. confused, disarrayed, haphazard.

Related formsdis·or·dered·ly, adverbdis·or·dered·ness, nounpre·dis·or·dered, adjectiveun·dis·or·dered, adjective


[ dis-awr-der ]
/ dɪsˈɔr dər /


lack of order or regular arrangement; confusion: Your room is in utter disorder.
an irregularity: a disorder in legal proceedings.
breach of order; disorderly conduct; public disturbance.
a disturbance in physical or mental health or functions; malady or dysfunction: a mild stomach disorder.

verb (used with object)

to destroy the order or regular arrangement of; disarrange.
to derange the physical or mental health or functions of.

Origin of disorder

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

Related formspre·dis·or·der, noun

Synonym study

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for disordered


/ (dɪsˈɔːdə) /


a lack of order; disarray; confusion
a disturbance of public order or peace
an upset of health; ailment
a deviation from the normal system or order

verb (tr)

to upset the order of; disarrange; muddle
to disturb the health or mind of
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Word Origin and History for disordered
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for disordered


[ dĭs-ôrdər ]


A disturbance or derangement that affects the function of mind or body.


To disturb the normal physical or mental health of; disturb or derange.

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