Definition of orderly in English:



  • 1Neatly and methodically arranged.

    ‘an orderly arrangement of objects’
    • ‘Anyone interested should form an orderly queue somewhere that won't get in the way of everybody else.’
    • ‘An x-ray crystallographic picture of quartz would show atoms arranged in an orderly, periodic sequence.’
    • ‘Yes girls, you should be forming an orderly queue.’
    • ‘I want to see an orderly set of arrangements, and the Crown manager is the person who is able to focus on that.’
    • ‘Many common solids are crystalline, which means that their molecules are arranged in an orderly pattern that resembles a three-dimensional grid.’
    • ‘The cell spaces are also orderly in their arrangement, unlike typical periosteal tissue.’
    • ‘I can arrange them in an logical and orderly fashion in my mind.’
    • ‘This is helped by the orderly arrangement of The Square and the very good developments of roadside verges on the approach roads.’
    • ‘You would have seen the six armies, arranged in orderly fashion in the huge courtyard.’
    • ‘Thoughts and perceptions must be arranged in an orderly sequence of ideas.’
    • ‘Our hope is that the new management will maintain order and have minibus drivers queue in an orderly fashion for their passengers.’
    • ‘Reducing the example to just two balls would make the odds of an orderly arrangement occurring more likely.’
    • ‘Rather, you should make suitable arrangements to ensure an orderly transition, when this is appropriate.’
    • ‘The queues to honour the Queen Mother's death were good-natured and there can hardly have been a more thoroughly British expression of sympathy than the orderly queue.’
    • ‘If the internal structure is formed in an orderly crystal arrangement, then the breaks will occur along the planes of the internal crystal structure.’
    • ‘An asexual adult colony is made up of just two cell types arranged in an orderly pattern.’
    • ‘Quasicrystals are unusual metallic alloys whose atoms are arranged in orderly patterns that are not quite crystalline.’
    • ‘Who came up with the fatuous idea of getting drunken hooligans to form orderly queues at cash points across Britain?’
    • ‘This crystalline structure is an orderly arrangement of ions known as a crystal lattice.’
    • ‘When I passed through Williton on my way to the railway station in Taunton early this afternoon the Shell garage was the focus of an orderly queue of vehicles waiting in line for their turn at the pumps.’
    neat, tidy, well ordered, in order, trim, in apple-pie order, as neat as a new pin, spick and span, well kept, straight
    well organized, organized, efficient, businesslike, methodical, systematic, careful, meticulous, punctilious
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    1. 1.1 (of a person or group) well behaved; disciplined.
      • ‘A small, neat and orderly man, he became a journeyman tailor but lost his job when the new tailors' union went on strike in 1834.’
      • ‘Wong said there was no chaos during the disruption of service and passengers were orderly.’
      • ‘Would we always have been able to find an orderly set of three people?’
      • ‘One of the things that makes an orderly demonstration turn into a melee, is when people aren't orderly, and when the police actually fear a melee.’
      • ‘But she does nevertheless enjoy much respect for representing a rather stiff, formal, orderly Britain that many people are sad to have lost.’
      • ‘They are orderly, diligent and respectable within their own conventions, as in his two pictures of peasant weddings.’
      • ‘Another whose calls I always welcomed was a young civil servant in the Board of Trade, an orderly man whose remarks and replies were brief and to the point.’
      • ‘He was so orderly and disciplined that it didn't make sense for him to not be right on time.’
      • ‘He was a very neat and orderly person and although he enjoyed romping about, he normally dressed impeccably.’
      • ‘Since they didn't say so and only asked people to be orderly, it can be taken that this march will be allowed.’
      • ‘He was always orderly, but adventurous at the same time and believed strongly in dressing for success.’
      • ‘Despite what the wad of gum always stuck between Dee's teeth might tell a person about her, Dee was one of the cleanest and mostly orderly people I've ever met.’
      • ‘Akbar said he would allow such rallies provided they were orderly and held within the confines of the law.’
      • ‘Once help arrived, people would have been orderly.’
      • ‘Any neat and orderly person would consider it a disaster, but King Dordig was no such person.’
      • ‘Inspector Mooney said the 15,000 or so people who used the camping facilities were also very orderly and they were called out to a small number of minor incidents at the site.’
      • ‘You are methodical and orderly, solving problems logically, and wasting little time on superficial matters.’
      • ‘I'm not an orderly person in the lab, and it doesn't look like that's going to change.’
      • ‘In Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra and a main delivery point for aid, relief centers operated out of tents and passed out boxes of supplies to orderly crowds, the report said.’
      • ‘These, then, enabled the people to be orderly and disciplined, even selfless, and lead a peaceful existence.’
      well behaved, law-abiding, disciplined, peaceful, peaceable, non-violent, controlled, restrained, civilized, well mannered, polite, courteous, decorous
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  • 1An attendant in a hospital responsible for the nonmedical care of patients and the maintenance of order and cleanliness.

    • ‘I was a dishwasher in Paris and a hospital orderly in London.’
    • ‘The agreement covers staff working in various roles such as orderlies, patient care assistants, kitchen staff, catering attendants and gardeners.’
    • ‘Hospital cleaners, orderlies and support staff met last week and agreed to a union and management request not to go on strike.’
    • ‘Instead he was given a job as a hospital orderly, being paid £8.40 a week.’
    • ‘Not only chambermaids but hospital orderlies will feel for their predicament.’
    • ‘In the middle of the procession, a hospital orderly pushed a wheelchair.’
    • ‘The hospital orderlies took Christina and the nurse handed him a stack of papers to fill out.’
    • ‘He spent two years as an orderly at a base hospital in Normandy.’
    • ‘The rest of the morning I accompany Manuel, an orderly who treats patients with tuberculosis.’
    • ‘There was a hospital orderly in the elevator and they politely smiled at each other and Carla continued.’
    • ‘The man steps out of the shadows and reveals himself to be a hospital orderly.’
    • ‘About 230 food staff and orderlies at four Auckland hospitals held a 48-hour strike on July 18.’
    • ‘Marty ‘Blue’ Barbone had a spy, an orderly at the hospital where his unconscious landlord lay.’
    • ‘In 1977 I was a hospital orderly in Kings County, right here in Brooklyn, New York.’
    • ‘One of the orderlies looked up from attending to a group of kids, a well-built male who towered over Sean by about half a foot.’
    • ‘James Dreyfus played Edna's administrator and Kevin Lloyd and Seeta Indrani appeared briefly as hospital orderlies.’
    • ‘Most worked in Mediterranean Europe as household servants, hospital orderlies, garbage collectors, or in similar menial positions.’
    • ‘Mary Conboy is a ward orderly in Sligo General Hospital.’
    • ‘Within health care, the percentage reporting job strain was highest among the occupational group defined by nursing assistants, orderlies and nursing attendants.’
    • ‘The enlisted men had been trained in Philadelphia hospitals and served as orderlies in wards, ORs, laboratories, and x-ray departments.’
  • 2A soldier who carries out orders or performs minor tasks for an officer.

    • ‘His orderly, still unhurt, helped him into a shell hole, cut his trousers and bandaged Patton's wound.’
    • ‘The orderly of Company G was there and had a sword in his hand and offered it to the accused and asked ‘is that yours?’’
    • ‘They had served in the field as nurses and ambulance drivers and performed military support roles as cooks and orderlies, clerical workers, telephonists, and signallers.’
    • ‘On 7 November 1919 barrack orderlies were instructed to carry revolvers.’
    • ‘He established guards for his artillery trains and directed that a liaison orderly be sent from each battery to brigade headquarters.’