What does unruly mean?

Definitions for unruly
ʌnˈru liun·ru·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word unruly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. boisterous, rambunctious, robustious, rumbustious, unrulyadjective

    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, unrulyadjective

    unwilling to submit to authority

    "unruly teenagers"

  3. indocile, uncontrollable, ungovernable, unrulyadjective

    of persons

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


  1. unrulyadjective

    wild; uncontrolled

    The police gathered to contain the unruly mob.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unrulyadjective

    Turbulent; ungovernable; licentious; tumultuous.

    In sacred bands of wedlock ty’d
    To Therion, a loose unruly swain;
    Who had more joy to range the forest wide,
    And chace the savage beast with busy pain. Fairy Queen.

    Down I come, like glist’ring Phaeton,
    Wanting the manage of unruly jades. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

    The best and soundest of his time hath been but rash; then must we look from his age, to receive but unruly waywardness. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    The tongue is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Ja. iii.

    Thou dost a better life, and nobler vigour give;
    Dost each unruly appetite controul. Wentworth Dillon.

    Love insults, disguised in the cloud,
    And welcome force of that unruly croud. Edmund Waller.

    Passions kept their place, and transgressed not the boundaries of their proper natures; nor were the disorders begun, which are occasioned by the licence of unruly appetites. Joseph Glanvill.

    You must not go where you may dangers meet.
    Th’ unruly sword will no distinction make,
    And beauty will not there give wounds, but take. Dryden.


  1. unruly

    Unruly refers to something or someone that is disorderly, out of control, or difficult to manage or discipline due to disobedience or noncompliance with established rules or conventions. It's often used to describe behavior that disrupts order or goes against standard norms.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unruly

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unruly in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unruly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of unruly in a Sentence

  1. Ron DeSantis:

    Sending unruly mobs to private residences, like we have seen with the angry crowds in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices, is inappropriate, this bill will provide protection to those living in residential communities, and I am glad to sign it into law.

  2. Charles Grant.Richard Curtis:

    When I started it, I thought it would last for one year, so, it's turned out to be a very unruly but long-lasting child.

  3. Layne Watson:

    The customer was restrained and law enforcement officials met the flight at the gate, where all passengers safely deplaned. The unruly customer was held for questioning by law enforcement.

  4. Nicole Perna:

    Chris is currently in Las Vegas as he is performing at Drai's on May 5th and receiving a Key to the Strip that day as well, he has a suite at the hotel that has a basketball court and invited friends to come play. An unruly individual showed up uninvited and was removed from the premises. Chris was not in an altercation with this person.

  5. Yaron Brook:

    But while capitalism may be a convenient scapegoat, it did not cause any of these problems. Indeed, whatever one wishes to call the unruly mixture of freedom and government controls that made up our economic and political system during the last three decades, one cannot call it capitalism.

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