Definition of unruly in English:

unruly

Line breaks: un¦ruly
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈruːli
 
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adjective (unrulier, unruliest)

Derivatives

unruliness

noun
More example sentences
  • The Red sailors and the Red Cossacks had the most fighting spirit, but this was devalued by their volatility, disobedience, and general unruliness.
  • A spokesman for City of York Council said: ‘We do not have a major problem with unruliness on buses in York, but we are not complacent and we are supporting this scheme to ensure good behaviour on buses is maintained.’
  • Extra security staff and police have been placed on duty at Edgbaston to supervise cricket's fiercest rivalry, their minds concentrated by the scenes of Antipodean unruliness witnessed at The Oval on Thursday.

Origin

late Middle English: from un-1 'not' + archaic ruly 'amenable to discipline or order' (from rule).

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