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disorderly

[ dis-awr-der-lee ]
/ dɪsˈɔr dər li /
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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.
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Origin of disorderly

First recorded in 1555–65; dis-1 + orderly

OTHER WORDS FROM disorderly

dis·or·der·li·ness, nounun·dis·or·der·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for disorderly

disorderly
/ (dɪsˈɔːdəlɪ) /

adjective
untidy; irregular
uncontrolled; unruly
law violating public peace or order
adverb
in an irregular or confused manner

Derived forms of disorderly

disorderliness, noun
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