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" [syn: boisterous, rambunctious, robustious, rumbustious]
2 unwilling to submit to authority; "unruly teenagers" [syn: disobedient]
3 of persons; "the little boy's parents think he is spirited, but his teacher finds him unruly" [syn: indocile, uncontrollable, ungovernable] [also: unruliest, unrulier]
- Rhymes: -uːli
EtymologyUn + ruly. Form ruly, probably Old Norse origin. Cognate to Danish rolig (calm) and German ruhig (calm).
- Arabic: متوحش , خارج عن السيطرة
abandoned, anarchial, anarchic, anarchistic, antinomian, beyond control, boisterous, breachy, chaotic, contrary, contumacious, defiant, disobedient, disorderly, disorganized, fractious, froward, go-go, hard, headstrong, immoderate, impatient of control, incontinent, incorrigible, indocile, indomitable, indulgent, insubordinate, insuppressible, intemperate, intractable, irrepressible, lawless, lax, licentious, loose, mutinous, naughty, nihilistic, nonrestrictive, obstreperous, ornery, out of control, out of hand, permissive, perverse, raffish, rambunctious, rampageous, rampant, raucous, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, reinless, resistant, resisting, restive, revolutionary, riotous, rowdy, rowdyish, ruffianly, rumbustious, shrewish, stormy, stubborn, syndicalistic, tempestuous, termagant, terrorist, tough, tumultuous, turbulent, unbiddable, unbridled, unchecked, uncoerced, uncompelled, unconstrained, uncontrollable, uncontrolled, uncooperative, uncurbed, undisciplined, unforced, ungovernable, ungoverned, uninhibited, unmalleable, unmanageable, unmastered, unmeasured, unmoldable, unmuzzled, unreined, unrepressed, unreserved, unrestrained, unrestrictive, unsubdued, unsubmissive, unsuppressed, untoward, violent, wanton, wayward, wild