1. Not in order; marked by disorder; disarranged; immethodical; as, the books and papers are in a disorderly state.
2. Not acting in an orderly way, as the functions of the body or mind.
3. Not complying with the restraints of order and law; tumultuous; unruly; lawless; turbulent; as, disorderly people; disorderly assemblies.
4. Law Offensive to good morals and public decency; notoriously offensive; as, a disorderly house.
Syn: -- Irregular; immethodical; confused; tumultuous; inordinate; intemperate; unruly; lawless; vicious.
Dis·or·der·ly, adv. In a disorderly manner; without law or order; irregularly; confusedly.
Withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly. --2 Thess. iii. 6.
Savages fighting disorderly with stones. --Sir W. Raleigh.
adj 1: undisciplined and unruly; "disorderly youths"; "disorderly
conduct" [ant: orderly]
2: in utter disorder; "a disorderly pile of clothes" [syn: higgledy-piggledy,
hugger-mugger, jumbled, topsy-turvy]
3: completely unordered and unpredictable and confusing [syn: chaotic]