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
Keep unruly brows looking polished with a slick of clear brow gel.
As McGill-Toolen students gathered to paint the cannon at the intersection of Houston and Government streets, celebrating victory over Murphy High School, the situation got out of hand and an officer used pepper spray on an unruly crowd.
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.
Inmates at the prison contend that guards used the shower to torment unruly inmates with unbearably hot water and steam.
The humidity is making your hair unruly, and your iced coffee glass has heavy condensation.
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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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