unruly

adjective
un·​ruly | \ ˌən-ˈrü-lē \
unrulier; unruliest

Definition of unruly

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

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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

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Teachers must make the right snap decision in dealing with unruly students multiple times each day. WSJ, "Fed-Up Teachers Take Their Chances Elsewhere," 4 Jan. 2019 What is setting and reaching physical training goals if not one of the ultimate forms of control over an unruly body? Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Sarah Hyland Opens Up About Dialysis and Her Second Kidney Transplant," 10 Dec. 2018 Once an unruly stray, Ruby became a hero to the volunteer who tirelessly trained her. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "This Abandoned Shelter Dog Rescued the Missing Son of Her Former Trainer," 20 Nov. 2018 At least, that’s what his commanding officer, who’s charged him with unruly conduct, implies to Jack. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Reveals Zoe’s Heartbreaking Trauma," 14 Nov. 2018 During a Pistol Annies show in October, the sassy country star had to put an unruly supporter in her place. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Miranda Lambert Personally Escorted an Unruly Fan Out of Her Pistol Annies Concert," 6 Nov. 2018 Henry Rollins, one of the greatest punk frontmen of all time, was infamous in the 1980s for beating the crap out of unruly fans at Black Flag shows. Emily Gaudette, Newsweek, "Black Flag's Henry Rollins on 'Portlandia' and Why Resistance Belongs to Young People," 17 Jan. 2018 Meanwhile, Tumblr users have been increasingly at odds with the site’s corporate side, as the business tries to balance potential moneymaking opportunities with its unruly yet thriving corner of internet culture. Aja Romano, Vox, "Tumblr’s adult content ban is already harming the site’s vibrant community.," 5 Dec. 2018 At the same time, the GOP seems to have a broad agenda before the midterms to simply paint all Democrats, post-Kavanaugh hearings, as unruly and dangerous socialist mobs. . Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova On Her New Guide To Activism, Raising The Next President Of Russia, And Her "Holy War" On Fairy Tales," 12 Oct. 2018

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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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unruled

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unrung

unrushed

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unruly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unruly

: difficult to control

unruly

adjective
un·​ruly | \ ˌən-ˈrü-lē \
unrulier; unruliest

Kids Definition of unruly

: difficult to control unruly hair

Other Words from unruly

unruliness noun

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