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[dis-awr-guh-nahyzd] /dɪsˈɔr gəˌnaɪzd/
functioning without adequate order, systemization, or planning; uncoordinated:
a woefully disorganized enterprise.
careless or undisciplined; sloppy:
too disorganized a person to be an agreeable roommate.
Origin of disorganized
1805-15; disorganize + -ed2
Related forms
undisorganized, adjective
Can be confused
disorganized, unorganized.
muddled, confused, disorderly, unsystematic.


[dis-awr-guh-nahyz] /dɪsˈɔr gəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), disorganized, disorganizing.
to destroy the organization, systematic arrangement, or orderly connection of; throw into confusion or disorder.
Also, especially British, disorganise.
1785-95; < French désorganiser, equivalent to dés- dis-1 + organiser to organize
Related forms
disorganizer, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for disorganized


(transitive) to disrupt or destroy the arrangement, system, or unity of
Derived Forms
disorganization, disorganisation, noun
disorganizer, disorganiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for disorganized



1793, from French désorganiser, from dés- "not" (see dis-) + organiser "organize" (see organize). This word and related forms were introduced in English in reference to the French Revolution. Related: Disorganized; disorganizing; disorganization.

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