Something that's disorderly is chaotic and messy, or unruly and out of control. A disorderly classroom might be the result of the teacher leaving for several minutes to answer a phone call.

It's one thing if your bedroom tends to be disorderly, with clothes and books scattered across the floor, but it's another thing to feel like your life itself is disorderly, confusing and unpredictable. Sometimes disorderly is used in a legal context to mean "destructive, or not law-abiding." You might be charged with disorderly conduct if you take part in a protest that's viewed by law enforcement as disorderly, or going against "law and and order."

Definitions of disorderly

adj completely unordered and unpredictable and confusing

marked by extreme lack of restraint or control

adj in utter disorder

“a disorderly pile of clothes”
higgledy-piggledy, hugger-mugger, jumbled, topsy-turvy
not neat and tidy

adj undisciplined and unruly

disorderly youths”
disorderly conduct”
boisterous, rambunctious, robustious, rumbustious, unruly
noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
mobbish, moblike
characteristic of a mob; disorderly or lawless
raucous, rowdy
disturbing the public peace; loud and rough
bare-knuckle, bare-knuckled, rough-and-tumble
characterized by disorderly action and disregard for rules
devoid of violence or disruption

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