- 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.
- methodically; regularly.
- according to established order or rule.
- Military. an enlisted soldier assigned to perform various chores for a commanding officer or group of officers.
- a hospital attendant having general, nonmedical duties.
Origin of orderly
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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.
1. chaotic, disorderly, haphazard.
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Examples from the Web for unorderly
- 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
- med a male hospital attendant
- military a junior rank detailed to carry orders or perform minor tasks for a more senior officer
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Word Origin and History for unorderly
"military attendant who carries orders," 1781, short for orderly corporal, etc. Extended 1809 to an attendant at a hospital (originally a military hospital) charged with keeping things in order and clean. See orderly (adj.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An attendant in a hospital.
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