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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]


Noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline


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


disorderly (undisciplined and unruly)

Sense 2unruly [BACK TO TOP]


Unwilling to submit to authority


disobedient; unruly

Context example:

unruly teenagers


insubordinate (not submissive to authority)

Sense 3unruly [BACK TO TOP]


Of persons


indocile; ungovernable; uncontrollable; unruly

Context example:

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


difficult; unmanageable (difficult to manage or control)

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