disarray


verb (used with object)

  1. to put out of array or order; throw into disorder.
  2. to undress.

noun

  1. disorder; confusion: The army retreated in disarray.
  2. disorder of apparel.

noun

  1. confusion, dismay, and lack of discipline
  2. (esp of clothing) disorderliness; untidiness

verb (tr)

  1. to throw into confusion
  2. archaic to undress
v.

late 14c.; see dis- “lack of” + array. Perhaps formed on the analogy of Old French desareer.

n.

early 15c., “disorder, confusion;” see disarray (v.).

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