Definition of unruly adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ʌnˈruːli//
; NAmE NAmE//ʌnˈruːli//
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difficult to control or manage synonym disorderly an unruly class unruly behaviour unruly hair (= difficult to keep looking neat) He struggled hard to control his unruly emotions. The police were attacked by an unruly mob. There have been complaints about her unruly behaviour. Word Originlate Middle English: from un- ‘not’ + archaic ruly ‘easy to discipline or order’ (from rule).
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