Definition of unruly
- an unruly crowd
- a mane of unruly hair
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
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
balky, contrary, contumacious, defiant, disobedient, froward, incompliant, insubordinate, intractable, obstreperous, rebel, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, restive, ungovernable, untoward, wayward, willful (or wilful);
adamant, adamantine, dogged, hardheaded, headstrong, immovable, implacable, inflexible, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, opinionated, peevish, pertinacious, pigheaded, rigid, self-willed, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding;
: difficult to control
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