Definitions for orderlyˈɔr dər li

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•der•lyˈɔr dər li(adj.; n.; adv.)(pl.)-lies

  1. (adj.)arranged or disposed in a neat, tidy manner or in a regular sequence:

    an orderly desk.

  2. observant of or governed by system or method.

  3. characterized by or observant of law, rule, or discipline; well-behaved; law-abiding.

  4. pertaining to or charged with the communication or execution of orders.

  5. (n.)a hospital attendant having general, nonmedical duties.

  6. an enlisted soldier assigned to perform various chores for a commanding officer or group of officers.

    Category: Military

  7. (adv.)methodically; regularly.

  8. according to established order or rule.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. orderly(noun)

    a soldier who serves as an attendant to a superior officer

    "the orderly laid out the general's uniform"

  2. orderly, hospital attendant(adj)

    a male hospital attendant who has general duties that do not involve the medical treatment of patients

  3. orderly(adj)

    devoid of violence or disruption

    "an orderly crowd confronted the president"

  4. neat, orderly(adj)

    clean or organized

    "her neat dress"; "a neat room"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. orderly(adjective)ˈɔr dər li

    organized and neat

    an orderly house


  1. orderly(Noun)

    A hospital attendant given a variety of non-medical duties.

  2. orderly(Noun)

    A soldier who carries out minor tasks for a superior officer.

  3. orderly(Adverb)

    According to good order or practice; appropriately, in a well-behaved way.

  4. orderly(Adverb)

    In order; in a particular order or succession; with a suitable arrangement.

  5. orderly(Adjective)

    Neat and tidy; possessing order.

    He has always kept an orderly kitchen, nothing out of place for longer than it is in use.

  6. orderly(Adjective)

    Methodical or systematic.

    We live in an orderly universe; rules govern both the movements of the planets and the binding of the molecules.

  7. orderly(Adjective)

    Peaceful; well-behaved.

    An orderly gathering of citizens stood on the corner awaiting the bus.


  1. Orderly

    A medical orderly, is a hospital attendant whose job consists of assisting medical and/or nursing staff with various nursing and/or medical interventions. These duties are classified as routine tasks involving no risk for the patient. Orderlies are typically dressed in all white clothing.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a hospital attendant who does routine jobs.

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