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  1. Usually orts. a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.

Origin of ort

1400–50; late Middle English; cognate with Low German ort, early Dutch oorete; compare Old English or- out-, ǣt food (see eat)
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Examples from the Web for ort

Historical Examples

  • We all felt that Mahala had ort to took the money to get her a new dress.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7.

    Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)

  • For my part,' she added, 'I've seen one thing that was as it ort to be.

    Against Odds

    Lawrence L. Lynch

  • Sometimes in the hack Prue would permit Ort to keep his arm round her.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • It was Ort Hippisley, of course, that waited for Prue outside the gate.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • It ort to been called mule-hide for it was about that tough.

Word Origin and History for ort


"remains of food left from a meal," mid-15c., probably cognate with early Dutch ooraete, Low German ort, from or-, privative prefix, + etan "to eat" (see eat (v.)). Perhaps from an unrecorded Old English word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper