from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking regular or logical order or arrangement: a disorderly pile of clothes.
  • adj. Undisciplined; unruly: disorderly youths.
  • adj. Law Disturbing the public peace or decorum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not in order; causing disorder; unorganized

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not in order; marked by disorder; disarranged; immethodical.
  • adj. Not acting in an orderly way, as the functions of the body or mind.
  • adj. Not complying with the restraints of order and law; tumultuous; unruly; lawless; turbulent
  • adj. Offensive to good morals and public decency; notoriously offensive.
  • adv. In a disorderly manner; without law or order; irregularly; confusedly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Being without proper order or disposition; confused; unmethodical; irregular: as, the books and papers are in a disorderly state.
  • Not kept in restraint; unrestrained; tumultuous; turbulent.
  • Lawless; violating or disposed to violate law and good order, or the restraints of morality; specifically, so conducted as to be a nuisance; disreputable: as, a disorderly house.
  • Inclined to break loose from restraint; unruly: as, disorderly cattle.
  • Not acting in an orderly or regular way, as the functions of the body.
  • Without order, rule, or method; irregularly; confusedly; in a disordered manner.
  • In a manner violating law and good order; in a manner contrary to rules or established institutions.
  • n. A person accused or guilty of disorderly conduct.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. completely unordered and unpredictable and confusing
  • adj. undisciplined and unruly
  • adj. in utter disorder


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