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
  1. adjective
    completely unordered and unpredictable and confusing
    synonyms: chaotic
    marked by extreme lack of restraint or control
  2. adjective
    in utter disorder
    “a disorderly pile of clothes”
    synonyms: higgledy-piggledy, hugger-mugger, jumbled, topsy-turvy
    not neat and tidy
  3. adjective
    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
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    devoid of violence or disruption
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