[ US /ənˈɹuɫi/ ]
[ UK /ʌnɹˈuːli/ ]
  1. incapable of being controlled
    the little boy's parents think he is spirited, but his teacher finds him unruly
  2. unwilling to submit to authority
    unruly teenagers
  3. noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
    beneath the rumbustious surface of his paintings is sympathy for the vulnerability of ordinary human beings
    a boisterous crowd
    a robustious group of teenagers
    a social gathering that became rambunctious and out of hand
    an unruly class
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How To Use unruly In A Sentence

  • But emotional ferment still seething from his betrayed boyhood keeps his body churning with unruly symptoms. Times, Sunday Times
  • She will clip her long, unruly hair with a tarnished barrette and see her off to school.
  • Gardeners regularly stroll the grounds, picking up stray pieces of trash and trimming unruly bushes.
  • The unruly bunch pushed into the White House, clods standing on the silk-upholstered furniture in muddy boots to get a glimpse of the new president (who was trying not to be crushed by his well-wishers). Inauguration Party Like It's 1829
  • None of the unruly activities in themselves would be regarded as seriously criminal, but their accumulative effect is having a real impact on the usage of the community building, and may even threaten its future survival.
  • London was not the only place with unruly crowds. The English Civil War: A People's History
  • The university marshal arrived with the six ‘bedels,’ who are proctors carrying long silver rods to intimidate unruly undergraduates into better behavior.
  • Residents say the area was once a peaceful place to live, but has been ruined by unruly youths.
  • the vexed parents of an unruly teenager
  • He wore a simple silver band on his unruly black curls, for he was not yet old enough to wear the coronet of the King-in-Waiting. THE GOLDEN FOOL: BOOK TWO OF THE TAWNY MAN
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