If something is confused or disorganized, use the noun disarray, like the disarray that follows your little brother everywhere he goes because he spills everything and never puts away his toys.

Combine the prefix dis-, meaning “lack of,” with array, which derives from the Old French word areer ("to put in order"), and... you’ve got a mess on your hands — or a lack of order. That's disarray. Whether it’s your plans, your kitchen, your workplace, or your hair, the noun disarray can be used to describe anything that is characterized by disorder, untidiness, or confusion.

Definitions of disarray

n untidiness (especially of clothing and appearance)

Type of:
messiness, untidiness
the trait of being untidy and messy

n a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior

confusedness, confusion, mental confusion, muddiness
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confusion (usually transient) about where you are and how to proceed; uncertainty as to direction
mental turmoil
daze, fog, haze
confusion characterized by lack of clarity
confusion resulting from lack of preparation
jamais vu
the experience of being unfamiliar with a person or situation that is actually very familiar; associated with certain types of epilepsy
bafflement, befuddlement, bemusement, bewilderment, mystification, obfuscation, puzzlement
confusion resulting from failure to understand
trouble or confusion resulting from complexity
culture shock
a condition of disorientation affecting someone who is suddenly exposed to an unfamiliar culture or way of life or set of attitudes
closed book, enigma, mystery, secret
something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
maze, snarl, tangle
something jumbled or confused
dilemma, quandary
state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options
Type of:
cognitive state, state of mind
the state of a person's cognitive processes

v bring disorder to

bring order to or into
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mess, mess up
make a mess of or create disorder in
derange, perturb, throw out of kilter
throw into great confusion or disorder
disturb the arrangement of
jumble, scramble, throw together
bring into random order
randomise, randomize
arrange in random order
throw together in a confused mass
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alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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