Definition of unruly
: not readily ruled, disciplined, or managed an unruly crowd a mane of unruly hair
Examples of unruly in a Sentence
unruly pupils were given detention as a matter of course
a camp that was known as a place where unruly youths were given their last chance to shape up
Recent Examples of unruly from the Web
Tickets used to regularly sell out for the Wellington event, but the clampdown on unruly behavior has seen ticket sales dwindle.
Zhao is General Qi, who with Hung's General Yu has been mounting a siege on a compound held by an odd coalition: A group of elite Japanese warriors commands an unruly bunch of ronin, masterless samurai who in this case are more loutish than usual.
Several officers told the Observer they weren’t trained how to restrain unruly inmates or given an opportunity to shadow an experienced guard.
Southwest Airlines said the passenger was being unruly and appeared to be intoxicated.
To the left, the woods were dense and unruly, a tangle of wayward underbrush and fallen tree limbs.
Witnesses, mostly other inmates, have said that the officers placed Rainey (and other mentally ill inmates before him) in a shower that had been rigged to scalding temperatures as a means to punish their unruly behavior.
All that ceaseless ricocheting from husband to lover and back proves exhausting to Mary, Winger’s character, whose furrowed features and unruly mop attest to the gnawing anxiety that comes with age.
The ascendance of an establishment liberal is certain to renew tension between veteran party stalwarts and the unruly progressive movement aligned with Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, both of whom backed Ellison.
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Origin and Etymology of unruly
Middle English unreuly, from un- + reuly disciplined, from reule rule
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of unruly
UNRULY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of unruly for English Language Learners
: difficult to control
UNRULY Defined for Kids
Definition of unruly for Students
: difficult to control unruly hair
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