Adjective "unruly" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Disorderly and disruptive and not amenable to discipline or control.
  1. figurative 'Kate tried to control her unruly emotions'
  2. 'The incident happened two weeks ago when a female science teacher at the school called a colleague to help control a class of unruly pupils.'
  3. 'They are making use of anti-social behaviour orders to curb unruly families and individuals.'
  4. 'Matisse was neat and careful while Picasso was wild and unruly.'
  5. 'A family of travellers have been handed landmark antisocial behaviour orders to curb their unruly lifestyle.'
  6. 'Because of his unruly behavior, everyone near Petruchio fears for his or her life.'
  7. 'Anyone who has had to manage wayward or unruly livestock will know that the easiest way to do so is with food.'
  8. 'They were extremely loud and unruly, tossing food at one another and leaving it on the floor.'
  9. 'Headteachers will be given complete control over the expulsion of unruly pupils by December 1.'
  10. 'I caution members that they are becoming very unruly, and it is leading to disorder.'
  11. 'Residents are urging estate agents to take control of unruly tenants who they claim are making their lives hell.'


1. not submissive or conforming to rule; ungovernable; turbulent; intractable; refractory; lawless: an unruly class; an unruly wilderness.

More examples(as adjective)

"passengers can be unruly after things."

"behaviours can be unruly."

"hairs can be unruly."

"troops can be unruly."

"mobs can be unruly."

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Late Middle English: from un- ‘not’ + archaic ruly ‘amenable to discipline or order’ (from rule).