(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Lacking orderly arrangement]
Syn. indiscriminate, confused, tumultuous, jumbled, undisciplined, unrestrained, heterogeneous, scattered, dislocated, unsystematic, messy, slovenly, untidy, cluttered, unkempt, sloppy, scrambled, badly managed, in confusion, chaotic, disorganized, out of order, in disarray, untrained, out of control, topsy-turvy*, helter-skelter*, higgledy-piggledy*, out of whack*, out of line*, out of step*, all over the place, mixed up, cockeyed*, messed up*; see also irregular 1 , 4 .
Ant. neat*, organized, trim.
2. [Creating a disturbance]
Syn. rowdy, disruptive, obstreperous, drunk; see turbulent , unruly .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. irregular messy, disarranged, jumbled, confused, shuffled, cluttered, mixed up, disorganized, muddled, scrambled, scattered.
2. unruly disruptive, unmanageable, riotous, *out-of-line, unlawful, rowdy, uncontrollable, wayward, obstreperous.
ANT.: 1. orderly, arranged, organized. 2. orderly, well-behaved, peaceful
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Lacking regular or logical order: messy, unsystematic. See ORDER. 2. Not submitting to discipline or control: fractious, indocile, intractable, lawless, obstinate, obstreperous, recalcitrant, refractory, uncontrollable, undisciplined, ungovernable, unmanageable, unruly, untoward, wild. Idiom: out of line. See CONTROL, ORDER, PEACE, RESIST. 3. Law. Upsetting civil order or peace: riotous, rowdy. See PEACE.

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