V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: difficult to manage, rule, or discipline
Synonyms: disobedient, disorderly, ornery, rebellious, uncontrollable, unmanageable, wild
Antonyms: obedient, well-behaved, compliant
Tips: Think of the root word rule. Unruly describes things that cannot be ruled because they are unmanageable and uncontrollable.
The unruly passenger was escorted off the plane. (disorderly, disobedient, uncontrollable)
Mary was always trying new hair-care products in an effort to tame her unruly locks. (unmanageable, uncontrollable)
The unruly teenager was always out past curfew. (disobedient, rebellious, uncontrollable)
The unruly students nearly caused the substitute teacher to have a nervous breakdown. (disorderly, wild, uncontrollable)
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