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UNRULY (unrulier, unruliest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unruly mean? 

UNRULY (adjective)
  The adjective UNRULY has 3 senses:

1. noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
2. unwilling to submit to authority
3. of persons

  Familiarity information: UNRULY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNRULY (adjective)


Sense 1unruly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline

Synonyms:

unruly; rumbustious; robustious; rambunctious; boisterous

Context examples:

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

Similar:

disorderly (undisciplined and unruly)


Sense 2unruly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unwilling to submit to authority

Synonyms:

disobedient; unruly

Context example:

unruly teenagers

Similar:

insubordinate (not submissive to authority)


Sense 3unruly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of persons

Synonyms:

indocile; ungovernable; uncontrollable; unruly

Context example:

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

Similar:

difficult; unmanageable (difficult to manage or control)


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