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Definition of Disorderly


  1. Not in order; marked by disorder; disarranged; immethodical; as, 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; tumultuous; unruly; lawless; turbulent; as, disorderly people; disorderly assemblies.
  4. Offensive to good morals and public decency; notoriously offensive; as, a disorderly house.
  5. In a disorderly manner; without law or order; irregularly; confusedly.

Disorderly Quotations

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
A. A. Milne

Memory is not particularly linear - it is associative, repetitive, subjective and porous. But the writer needs to convey disorder and dysfunction without making the novel itself disorderly or dysfunctional.
Dana Spiotta

I never get to the end of mortifying sin because sin in my heart, where it's still marauding even though it's no longer dominant, sin in my heart is constantly expressing itself in new disorderly desires.
J. I. Packer

It is the future, of course, which politicians grapple with, and that is why politics is so disorderly. Only history clears away some of the debris.
Madeleine M. Kunin

Grace is thickly counter-intuitive. It feels risky and unfair. It's dangerous and disorderly. It wrestles control out of our hands. It is wild and unsettling. It turns everything that makes sense to us upside-down and inside-out.
Tullian Tchividjian
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Disorderly Translations

disorderly in French is brouillon
disorderly in German is unordentlich, ungeregelt
disorderly in Italian is non regolato
disorderly in Latin is inconditus
disorderly in Norwegian is uordentlig
disorderly in Spanish is desarreglado

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