AskDefine | Define unruly

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unruly adj
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]

User Contributed Dictionary




Un + ruly. Form ruly, probably Old Norse origin. Cognate to Danish rolig (calm) and German ruhig (calm).


  1. wild; uncontrolled
    The police gathered to contain the unruly mob.


  • Arabic: متوحش , خارج عن السيطرة

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