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
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.
But its army, thrown together from a mixture of former rebel factions and government soldiers, remains a divided and unruly force.
The trouble reportedly began during an arrest when an unruly crowd surrounded the scene.
From 1997 through 2004, there were more than 200 unruly passenger incidents in the U.S. every year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, peaking at 310 in 2004.
Instead, the plane had to change course because of another sort of unruly, unwelcome passenger: a rat.
There, among the unruly thickets of brush, was Mr. Russo, hanging from a tree, a rope around his neck.
Now, even though only one top turkey meets the president, his alternate, sitting in a back room in case the winner becomes unruly, is also spared.
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Origin and Etymology of unruly
Middle English unreuly, from un- + reuly disciplined, from reule rule
First Known Use: 15th century
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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