an orderly man

What's the meaning of "an orderly man"?

'orderly' means 'tidy'. Does "an orderly man" have a specific usage or can it be used broadly?

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    Context, context, context! Sep 25, 2021 at 11:40
  • Its only "specific usage" would be to name or relate to the book of the same name. Since a summary description of that book, as well as the definitions of "orderly" are readily available by basic research, this question requires more detail to qualify as on-topic for this community. If, after further research, you still have a question, you might provide more information about what you know and why you ask: for example, if you are thinking to use it in a particular context for a particular purpose. Sep 25, 2021 at 11:45

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An orderly is used to refer to a hospital attendant who is responsible for the non-medical care of patients and the maintenance of order and cleanliness.

Also, it can also mean a soldier who carries out orders or performs minor tasks for a superior officer. An orderly sergeant is another term for him.

Here is the Merriam-Webster Dictionary reference.

An orderly man, however, should simply mean a neat, methodical, well-organized, or well-behaved man.


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