Unruly meaning

ŭn-ro͝olē
Difficult or impossible to discipline, control, or rule.

The substitute teacher faced unruly students in the classroom.

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The police gathered to contain the unruly mob.

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Difficult to keep in place or in order.

Tried to comb his unruly hair; trimmed back the unruly bushes.

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The definition of unruly is someone or something that is out of control or hard to manage.

A group of pre-schoolers who are running around and being very wild are an example of students who would be described as unruly.

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Hard to control, restrain, or keep in order; disobedient, disorderly, etc.
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Origin of unruly

  • Middle English unreuli un- not un–1 reuli easy to govern (from reule rule rule)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English unruly (“unquiet, restless"), interpreted as un- + rule + -ly (compare Middle English ruly, reuli (“subject to a religious rule, regular")), but also representing a modified continuation of earlier Middle English unrouly, unroly (“unquiet, restless"), equivalent to un- +"Ž roolie. The latter is perhaps from or influenced by an Old Norse word related to Danish urolig (“restless"), Swedish orolig (“restless"), Icelandic órólegur (“agitated"). Compare also Middle English unroo, unro (“unrest"). More at roo.

    From Wiktionary