disorderly

[ dis-awr-der-lee ]
/ dɪsˈɔr dər li /

adjective

characterized by disorder; irregular; untidy; confused: a disorderly desk.
unruly; turbulent; tumultuous: a disorderly mob.
Law. contrary to public order or morality.

adverb

in a disorderly manner.

Origin of disorderly

First recorded in 1555–65; dis-1 + orderly
Related formsdis·or·der·li·ness, nounun·dis·or·der·ly, adjective
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disorderly

/ (dɪsˈɔːdəlɪ) /

adjective

untidy; irregular
uncontrolled; unruly
law violating public peace or order

adverb

in an irregular or confused manner
Derived Formsdisorderliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for disorderly

disorderly


adj.

1580s, "opposed to moral order," also "opposed to legal authority;" see dis- + orderly (adj.). The meaning "untidy" is attested from 1630s; the older senses are those in disorderly house, disorderly conduct, etc.

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