- ugly and unpleasant in disposition or temper: No one can get along with my ornery cousin.
- stubborn: I can't do a thing with that ornery mule.
- low or vile.
- inferior or common; ordinary.
Origin of ornery
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Examples from the Web for orneriest
But this little thing is the orneriest critter I ever run across.Ticktock and Jim
It was the trial trip of the orneriest excuse for a car man ever invented.Nobody's Child
And the orneriest little spider knows enough to play dead if you poke him.Peggy Raymond's Vacation
Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
We're bleedin' an' dyin' an' bein' captured by the orneriest villains outside o' hell—as the feller says.Anderson Crow, Detective
George Barr McCutcheon
I hauled it over here with four of the orneriest mules that ever flapped an ear at white men.Skyrider
B. M. Bower
- stubborn or vile-tempered
- low; treacherousan ornery trick
Word Origin and History for orneriest
1816, American English dialectal contraction of ordinary (adj.). "Commonplace," hence "of poor quality, coarse, ugly." By c.1860 the sense had evolved to "mean, cantankerous." Related: Orneriness.