• (British) IPA: /dɪsˈɔː.də.li/


  1. Not in order; marked by disorder or disarray.
    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; unruly; lawless.
    disorderly people; disorderly assemblies
  4. (legal) Offensive to good morals and public decency.
    a disorderly house
Translations Noun

disorderly (plural disorderlies)

  1. A person who acts in a disorderly manner.
    • 1843, Parliamentary Papers (volumes 25-26, page 140)
      The police are allowed one shilling a-head upon all disorderlies who are discharged by the magistrates upon payment of expenses. The number so discharged are about a third of the number in custody.


  1. In a confused or lawless manner.

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