from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Neat and orderly: "A small, ruly beard balances his hair” ( Whitney Balliett).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pitiable; miserable.
- adv. Pitiably; miserably.
- adj. neat and orderly
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Orderly; easily restrained; -- opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pitiable; miserable.
- Pitiably; miserably.
- Conforming to rule; not unruly; acting rightly; righteous.
- Orderly; well-regulated.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. neat and tidy
Back-formation from unruly.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ruly, rewly, rewely, reweliche, from Old English hrēowlīċ ("grievous, pitiful, sad, wretched, cruel"), equivalent to rue + -ly. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English rewly, reoly. (Wiktionary)
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)