unruly

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

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

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 unruly — [[t]ʌnru͟ːli[/t]] 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. Syn: uncontrollable …

    English dictionary

  • 11 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

  • 12 unruly — un|ru|ly [ʌnˈru:li] adj [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: ruly behaving well (15 21 centuries), from rule] 1.) violent or difficult to control = ↑wild ▪ unruly children ▪ unruly behaviour 2.) unruly hair is difficult to keep tidy >unruliness n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 unruly — un|ru|ly [ ʌn ruli ] adjective very difficult to control: unruly children She spent hours trying to tame her unruly hair …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 unruly — adjective 1 behaving in an uncontrolled or violent way: unruly children 2 unruly hair is untidy unruliness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 unruly — adjective wild; uncontrolled The police gathered to contain the unruly mob …

    Wiktionary

  • 16 unruly — adj. Unruly is used with these nouns: ↑child, ↑curl, ↑hair, ↑mob, ↑pupil, ↑teenager …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 unruly — adjective I can t take care of your unruly brats Syn: disorderly, rowdy, wild, unmanageable, uncontrollable, disobedient, disruptive, undisciplined, restive, wayward, willful, headstrong, irrepressible, obstreperous, difficult, intractable, out… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 unruly — Synonyms and related words: abandoned, anarchial, anarchic, anarchistic, antinomian, beyond control, boisterous, breachy, chaotic, contrary, contumacious, defiant, disobedient, disorderly, disorganized, fractious, froward, go go, hard, headstrong …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 unruly — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. unmanageable, insubordinate, obstreperous, fractious, refractory, ungovernable, turbulent, boisterous, balky. See disobedience. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. uncontrollable, willful, headstrong,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 unruly — un·ru·ly || ÊŒn ruːlɪ adj. ungovernable, unmanageable, disobedient, rebellious …

    English contemporary dictionary