[ dis-awr-guh-nahyzd ]
/ dɪsˈɔr gəˌnaɪzd /


functioning without adequate order, systemization, or planning; uncoordinated: a woefully disorganized enterprise.
careless or undisciplined; sloppy: too disorganized a person to be an agreeable roommate.

Nearby words

  1. disorderly conduct,
  2. disorderly house,
  3. disorderly person,
  4. disorganization,
  5. disorganize,
  6. disorganized schizophrenia,
  7. disorient,
  8. disorientate,
  9. disorientation,
  10. disoriented

Origin of disorganized

First recorded in 1805–15; disorganize + -ed2

Related formsun·dis·or·gan·ized, adjective

Can be confuseddisorganized unorganized


[ dis-awr-guh-nahyz ]
/ dɪsˈɔr gəˌnaɪz /

verb (used with object), dis·or·gan·ized, dis·or·gan·iz·ing.

to destroy the organization, systematic arrangement, or orderly connection of; throw into confusion or disorder.
Also especially British, dis·or·gan·ise.

Origin of disorganize

1785–95; < French désorganiser, equivalent to dés- dis-1 + organiser to organize

Related formsdis·or·gan·iz·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for disorganized



/ (dɪsˈɔːɡəˌnaɪz) /


(tr) to disrupt or destroy the arrangement, system, or unity of
Derived Formsdisorganization or disorganisation, noundisorganizer or disorganiser, noun

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Word Origin and History for disorganized



1793, from French désorganiser, from dés- "not" (see dis-) + organiser "organize" (see organize). This word and related forms were introduced in English in reference to the French Revolution. Related: Disorganized; disorganizing; disorganization.

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