orderly

Orderly means neat, tidy, and well-organized. An orderly library makes it easy to find the books you want.

A thing or place can be orderly, like a desk, refrigerator, or a hospital, and so can a person, particularly if they are very calm and well-behaved. And when it's a noun, orderly means a hospital worker who does many non-medical jobs and generally keeps things neat and tidy — orderly, in other words. The Latin root is ordinem, "arrangement or row," which originally meant "a row of threads in a loom."

Primary Meanings of orderly

1.
adj
clean or organized
2.
adj
devoid of violence or disruption
3.
n
a male hospital attendant who has general duties that do not involve the medical treatment of patients
4.
n
a soldier who serves as an attendant to a superior officer
Full Definitions of orderly
1

adj clean or organized

Synonyms:
neat
tidy
marked by order and cleanliness in appearance or habits
2

adj devoid of violence or disruption

“an orderly crowd confronted the president”
Antonyms:
disorderly
undisciplined and unruly
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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3

n a male hospital attendant who has general duties that do not involve the medical treatment of patients

Synonyms:
hospital attendant
Type of:
attendant, attender, tender
someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
4

n a soldier who serves as an attendant to a superior officer

“the orderly laid out the general's uniform”
Type of:
attendant, attender, tender
someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
soldier
an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army

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