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
Europeans sigh patronizingly at the United States as a knowing parent would at an unruly child.
The kinetic PAC tamed John Webster's unruly play and gave us a biting, bloody, ironic masterwork.
Multiple inmates said that it had been used by officers in the prison’s mental health ward to punish unruly prisoners by exposing them to unbearably hot water and steam.
In 18 states, legislatures think the problem rests in the unruly protests and are preparing laws that would limit mass gatherings.
A wave of complaints about unruly dogs and feces on the beach led to the recent crackdown, lifeguards said.
Medical marijuana was legalized in California over two decades ago, and for years Los Angeles has been unruly and largely unregulated terrain for the marijuana industry.
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.
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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
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Definition of unruly for English Language Learners
: difficult to control
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Definition of unruly for Students
: difficult to control unruly hair
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