One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In a state of complete confusion and disorder.‘a chaotic jumble of spools, tapes, and books’
disorderly, disordered, in disorder, in chaos, in disarray, disorganized, topsy-turvy, haywire, confused, in pandemonium, in turmoil, tumultuous, disruptedView synonyms
- ‘Most people have led a chaotic lifestyle before coming here.’
- ‘The last few weeks have been chaotic as they organise the wedding.’
- ‘On the surface, this world appears very chaotic because of the disruptive new technology.’
- ‘The processions of thousands of peoples created chaotic traffic situations in the city.’
- ‘The traffic in and around the city has been described as chaotic.’
- ‘Traffic was chaotic and every junction was a snarl of cars and beeping horns.’
- ‘His arrival in Edinburgh last week was met with chaotic scenes as scores of journalists attended his press launch.’
- ‘Her lifestyle became very chaotic, and there were times when appointments were made but she did not choose to attend.’
- ‘All the time, video cameras on the roof are recording the entire chaotic scene.’
- ‘It also boasts one of the world's most chaotic urban traffic systems.’
- ‘My life feels chaotic, but when I look back over things, I see a shape that I didn't realise was there at the time.’
- ‘Now, after decades of dictatorship, a chaotic political scene has burst forth.’
- ‘How can any sense be made of what may appear to be a chaotic jumble of attitudes?’
- ‘From its neat grid of streets which parallel the long waterfront, a more chaotic jumble of lanes wriggle up the hillside.’
- ‘But things became even more chaotic yesterday following a security alert at a computer firm in Victoria Road.’
- ‘Most are battling with drink, drugs or both and have chaotic lives that revolve around the next fix and earning the money to pay for it.’
- ‘People are very confused in this chaotic world about what is really the right thing to do.’
- ‘The transport system, already chaotic at best, was flung into abject confusion.’
- ‘In the chaotic world of war and its aftermath, it's hard to distinguish between good and bad.’
- ‘Work is still chaotic, but at least I have my online friends to keep me occupied and entertained.’
- 1.1Physics Relating to systems which exhibit chaos.
- ‘Smale discovered strange attractors which lead to chaotic dynamical systems.’
- ‘For twenty years I lived in a world with no catastrophe theory, no chaotic growth, no knots that wouldn't untie.’
- ‘Many natural chaotic systems form fractals in the patterns that record the process.’
- ‘They occur as the foundations of what is now known as chaotic systems.’
- ‘Some insects even cultivate chaotic output to produce randomised behaviour.’
Early 18th century: from chaos, on the pattern of words such as hypnotic.
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