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Meaning & Definition of Unruly in English

English

Unruly

/ənruli/

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • boisterous
  • ,
  • rambunctious
  • ,
  • robustious
  • ,
  • rumbustious
  • ,
  • unruly

2. Unwilling to submit to authority

  • "Unruly teenagers"
    synonym:
  • disobedient
  • ,
  • unruly

3. Of persons

  • "The little boy's parents think he is spirited, but his teacher finds him unruly"
    synonym:
  • indocile
  • ,
  • uncontrollable
  • ,
  • ungovernable
  • ,
  • unruly

Examples of using

He has unruly hair.