Definitions for unrulyʌnˈru li

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•ru•lyʌnˈru li(adj.)-li•er, -li•est.

  1. not submissive or cooperative; ungovernable; unmanageable.

Origin of unruly:

1350–1400; ME unruely=un-un -1+ruly, ruely governable, controllable


Princeton's WordNet

  1. boisterous, rambunctious, robustious, rumbustious, unruly(adj)

    noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline

    "a boisterous crowd"; "a social gathering that became rambunctious and out of hand"; "a robustious group of teenagers"; "beneath the rumbustious surface of his paintings is sympathy for the vulnerability of ordinary human beings"; "an unruly class"

  2. disobedient, unruly(adj)

    unwilling to submit to authority

    "unruly teenagers"

  3. indocile, uncontrollable, ungovernable, unruly(adj)

    of persons

    "the little boy's parents think he is spirited, but his teacher finds him unruly"


  1. unruly(Adjective)

    wild; uncontrolled

    The police gathered to contain the unruly mob.

  2. Origin: probably from . Cognate to rolig, ruhig

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unruly

    not submissive to rule; disregarding restraint; disposed to violate; turbulent; ungovernable; refractory; as, an unruly boy; unruly boy; unruly conduct

Translations for unruly

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


uncontrollable or disorderly

unruly teenagers/behaviour.

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