This closet is in disarray.
- Disarray is defined as a state of chaos or disorganization.
When everything is a total mess, this is an example of disarray.
- To throw something off and cause it to become chaotic is the definition of disarray.
When you are late for an appointment and you throw the entire appointment schedule off for the day, this is an example of a time when you disarray.
- to throw into disorder or confusion; upset
- Archaic to undress
Origin of disarrayMiddle English disaraien ; from Old French desareer: see dis- and amp; array
- an untidy condition; disorder; confusion
- a state of disorderly or insufficient dress
Origin of disarrayME disarai < OFr desarroi
- A state of disorder; confusion.
- Disorderly dress.
transitive verbdis·ar·rayed, dis·ar·ray·ing, dis·ar·rays
- To throw into confusion; upset.
- To undress.
(third-person singular simple present disarrays, present participle disarraying, simple past and past participle disarrayed)
From Middle English disareyen (“to disarray”), from Middle French desarroyer, from Old French desareer, from des- 'dis-' + areer 'to array'