unruly

adjective
un·​ruly | \ ˌən-ˈrü-lē How to pronounce unruly (audio) \
unrulier; unruliest

Definition of unruly

: not readily ruled, disciplined, or managed an unruly crowd a mane of unruly hair

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Other Words from unruly

unruliness noun

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unruly, ungovernable, intractable, refractory, recalcitrant, willful, headstrong mean not submissive to government or control. unruly implies lack of discipline or incapacity for discipline and often connotes waywardness or turbulence of behavior. unruly children ungovernable implies either an escape from control or guidance or a state of being unsubdued and incapable of controlling oneself or being controlled by others. ungovernable rage intractable suggests stubborn resistance to guidance or control. intractable opponents of the hazardous-waste dump refractory stresses resistance to attempts to manage or to mold. special schools for refractory children recalcitrant suggests determined resistance to or defiance of authority. acts of sabotage by a recalcitrant populace willful implies an obstinate determination to have one's own way. a willful disregard for the rights of others headstrong suggests self-will impatient of restraint, advice, or suggestion. a headstrong young cavalry officer

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 on the Web The unruly stitch of a dragon first attracted Sabetta Matsumoto to the mathematics of knitting. Sarah Wells, Popular Mechanics, "The Beautiful Math of Knitting—Yes, Knitting—Could Create the Toughest Gear Ever," 28 Apr. 2021 Aides monitor the halls at Hopkins High, while in Minneapolis and St. Paul, schools are deploying new security forces designed to be more student-friendly while also trained to de-escalate unruly behavior. Mara Klecker, Star Tribune, "In some Minnesota schools, students return but police do not," 24 Apr. 2021 The huge crowds that gathered in the city’s famous 10-block beachside entertainment district starting in late February became unruly at times, with fights breaking out and gunshots fired into the air, causing stampedes. New York Times, "Miami Beach Opened Up and the Revelers Flocked In. Then Came the Crackdown.," 24 Mar. 2021 On June 4, 1974, the Indians forfeited a game to the Texas Rangers after the crowd became unruly on 10 Cent Beer Night. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Which city’s baseball fans drink the most? Study breaks down imbibing habits," 23 Mar. 2021 Debra Maimone pulled down her American flag mask for a moment on Jan. 6 and gazed at the unruly mob of supporters of President Donald Trump overrunning the U.S. Capitol. Author: Drew Harwell, Craig Timberg, Anchorage Daily News, "How America’s surveillance networks helped the FBI catch the Capitol mob," 2 Apr. 2021 Additionally, the Federal Aviation Administration extended its zero-tolerance policy for unruly passengers after airlines reported more than 500 disruptive incidents since late December, many involving passengers who refuse to wear a face mask. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Southwest Ditching Pandemic-era Policy of Boarding in Smaller Groups," 24 Mar. 2021 The Federal Aviation Administration announced in January that it was done issuing warnings to unruly airline passengers who refuse to wear masks or act out in other ways and would start slapping them with stiff fines. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "FAA extends zero-tolerance policy on unruly passengers, proposes stiff fines for JetBlue passengers," 17 Mar. 2021 Airlines have reported more than 500 cases involving unruly passengers since late December, and most started with passengers who refused to wear a face mask, federal officials said Wednesday. chicagotribune.com, "FAA: Airlines have reported more than 500 cases of unruly passengers since December," 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of unruly

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for unruly

Middle English unreuly, from un- + reuly disciplined, from reule rule

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“Unruly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unruly. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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unruly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unruly

disapproving : difficult to control

unruly

adjective
un·​ruly | \ ˌən-ˈrü-lē How to pronounce unruly (audio) \
unrulier; unruliest

Kids Definition of unruly

: difficult to control unruly hair

Other Words from unruly

unruliness noun

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