1) ADJ-GRADED If you describe people, especially children, as unruly, you mean that they behave badly and are difficult to control.

It's not good enough just to blame the unruly children.

...unruly behaviour.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Unruly hair is difficult to keep tidy.

The man had a huge head of remarkably black, unruly hair.

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  • unruly — unruly, ungovernable, intractable, refractory, recalcitrant, willful, headstrong are comparable when they mean not submissive to government or control. Unruly stresses a lack of discipline or an incapacity for discipline; in addition it often… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Unruly — Un*rul y, a. [Compar. {Unrulier}, superl. {Unruliest}.] [Pref. un not + rule. Cf. {Ruly}.] Not submissive to rule; disregarding restraint; disposed to violate; turbulent; ungovernable; refractory; as, an unruly boy; unruly boy; unruly conduct.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unruly — I adjective chaotic, contrary, contumacious, disobedient, disorderly, effrenatus, ferox, fractious, froward, hard to control, headstrong, incorrigible, indocile, insubordinate, intractable, irrepressible, lawless, mutinous, obstinate,… …   Law dictionary

  • unruly — (adj.) c.1400, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + obsolete ruly amenable to rule, from RULE (Cf. rule) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • unruly — [adj] disobedient assertive, bawdy, disorderly, drunken, forward, fractious, headstrong, heedless, impervious, impetuous, imprudent, impulsive, incorrigible, inexorable, insubordinate, intemperate, intractable, lawless, mean, mutinous,… …   New thesaurus

  • unruly — ► ADJECTIVE (unrulier, unruliest) ▪ disorderly and disruptive; difficult to control. DERIVATIVES unruliness noun. ORIGIN from archaic ruly «disciplined, orderly», from RULE(Cf. ↑rule) …   English terms dictionary

  • unruly — [unro͞o′lē] adj. unrulier, unruliest [ME unruely < un , not + reuly, orderly < reule,RULE] hard to control, restrain, or keep in order; disobedient, disorderly, etc. unruliness n …   English World dictionary

  • unruly — unruliness, n. /un rooh lee/, adj., unrulier, unruliest. not submissive or conforming to rule; ungovernable; turbulent; intractable; refractory; lawless: an unruly class; an unruly wilderness. [1350 1400; ME unruely, equiv. to un UN 1 + ruly,… …   Universalium

  • unruly — adjective (unrulier; est) Etymology: Middle English unreuly, from un + reuly disciplined, from reule rule Date: 15th century not readily ruled, disciplined, or managed < an unruly crowd > < a mane of unruly hair > • unruliness noun Synony …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • unruly — UK [ʌnˈruːlɪ] / US [ʌnˈrulɪ] adjective Word forms unruly : adjective unruly comparative unrulier superlative unruliest very difficult to control unruly children She spent hours trying to tame her unruly hair …   English dictionary

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