American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Neat and orderly: "A small, ruly beard balances his hair” ( Whitney Balliett).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pitiable; miserable.
- Pitiably; miserably.
- Conforming to rule; not unruly; acting rightly; righteous.
- Orderly; well-regulated.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Orderly; easily restrained; -- opposed to
- adj. neat and tidy
- Back-formation from unruly, or perhaps a continuation of Middle English ruly, reuli ("subject to a religious rule, regular"), equivalent to rule + -ly, rule + -y; or perhaps from Old French rulé, reulé, rieulé ("ruled"), past participle of rieuler ("to rule"). More at rule. (Wiktionary)
- Back-formation from unruly. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Honestly, I'll take back all [alleged] racist remarks and never do it again, truly ruly, please believe me [flutters eyes beguilingly].”
“I've been talking to people here, they're pretty -- you know, they've been very ruly, and we're up above the crowd.”
“Do not vote -- individually, in droves, as a family, as a community, as a congregation, as a ruly mob, whatever feels most congenial.”
“But, as Vincent Canby of The New York Times observed at the belated premiere of I Am Curious (Yellow), “The crowds were large, mostly middle-aged and ruly.””
“Are they going to be ruly, will it get out of hand?”
“Washington D.C., ruly aftermath, unruly aftermath, that is, of all things, at a homeland security press conference.”
“T ruly, the tide has turned, in the mere space of nine years, the government has brought changes that have completely confounded both friend and foe.”
“I acted with mitigated gall and made my way through the ruly crowd with strong givings.”
“Still ... my hair is ... the unruliest ruly hair you'll ever come across.”
“As we discussed the intricacies of many policy positions, we were moved by the vision of the many millions in our country who are poor and destitute - the unemployed, the homeless, the landless, those who, despite our ruly heroic efforts over the last three years, still have no access to clean water, to health care, to decent classrooms, to ordinary food.”
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by Jack Winter
Published 25 July 1994, The New Yorker
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