From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishorderlyor‧der‧ly1 /ˈɔːdəli $ ˈɔːrdərli/ ●○○ adjective 1 ARRANGE A GROUP OF THINGS OR PEOPLEarranged or organized in a sensible or neat way OPP disorderlyin (an) orderly something The tools were arranged in orderly rows. She needs to organize her ideas in a more orderly way.► see thesaurus at tidy2 BEHAVEpeaceful or well behaved OPP disorderlyin (an) orderly something The elections were conducted in an orderly fashion. They waited in a dignified and orderly manner outside the church. —orderliness noun [uncountable]
Examples from the Corpusorderly• But in fact, on the disc itself, the arrangement of the text is anything but neat and orderly.• The crowd were orderly and in good spirits.• And, between the shops, the colorful patches of flower beds made it all appear orderly and safe.• Its structure should be orderly, communications unambiguous, and strategies firmly implemented to prevent splitting.• To live in a stable and orderly community.• an orderly crowd• Police said it was an orderly demonstration and there were no arrests.• For some time, astronomers have been seeing hints of an orderly design in the universe.• an orderly desk• The improvements were put into effect in an orderly manner.• It purports to be the end of some orderly progression of thought and effort, yet it constitutes a complete non sequitur.in (an) orderly something• Proceed in an orderly fashion and disregard curbstone advice.• I arrange my papers in an orderly fashion on my driftwood desk and sharpen my pencils, as I always do.• The tables were covered with the velvet Dave had found and the exhibits laid out in an orderly fashion.• It is also important to plant in an orderly manner to fit the width of your mower cut.• Will my right hon. Friend undertake to ensure that any changes in the milk marketing regulations are introduced in an orderly manner?• He made pupils stand in orderly queues to receive nothing.• Apart from the undisciplined piles in front of Nigel, the books were in orderly rows arranged according to subject.• But those regulations do ensure that we, the populace, go about disposing of dead people in an orderly way.in an orderly fashion• The Gaijin were piling arms in an orderly fashion.• The tables were covered with the velvet Dave had found and the exhibits laid out in an orderly fashion.• Proceed in an orderly fashion and disregard curbstone advice.• I arrange my papers in an orderly fashion on my driftwood desk and sharpen my pencils, as I always do.orderlyorderly2 noun (plural orderlies) [countable] 1 MHBsomeone who does unskilled jobs in a hospital2 PMa soldier who does unskilled jobs
Examples from the Corpusorderly• Everyone, including aides and orderlies, was taught techniques so that each patient was moved as much as possible.• A trolley was wheeled past by two brutish-looking orderlies chewing gum.• Male orderlies took the post-morphia cases to tidy places in our little mortuary.• My orderly put more coal on for me.• At first the other orderlies had merely seized upon it as an excuse for extra banter.• They were relieved to see five or six inmates, or perhaps it was orderlies, working in the gardens.