[ awr-der-lee ]
/ ˈɔr dər li /
arranged or disposed in a neat, tidy manner or in a regular sequence: an orderly desk.
observant of or governed by system or method, as persons or the mind.
characterized by or observant of law, rule, or discipline; well-behaved; law-abiding: an orderly assemblage of citizens.
pertaining to or charged with the communication or execution of orders.
according to established order or rule.
noun, plural or·der·lies.
Military. an enlisted soldier assigned to perform various chores for a commanding officer or group of officers.
a hospital attendant having general, nonmedical duties.
Words nearby orderly
SYNONYMS FOR orderly
1, 2 Orderly, methodical, systematic characterize that which is neat, in order, and planned. These three words are sometimes used interchangeably. However, orderly emphasizes neatness of arrangement: an orderly array of books. Methodical suggests a logical plan, a definite order of actions or method from beginning to end: a methodical examination. Systematic suggests thoroughness, an extensive and detailed plan, together with regularity of action: a systematic review.
OTHER WORDS FROM orderlyor·der·li·ness, nounun·or·der·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unorderly
/ (ˈɔːdəlɪ) /
in order, properly arranged, or tidy
obeying or appreciating method, system, and arrangement
harmonious or peaceful
military of or relating to ordersan orderly book
rare according to custom or rule
noun plural -lies
med a male hospital attendant
military a junior rank detailed to carry orders or perform minor tasks for a more senior officer
Derived forms of orderlyorderliness, noun
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Medical definitions for unorderly
[ ôr′dər-lē ]
An attendant in a hospital.
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