[awr-jer, ‐dyoo r]


dung; manure; excrement.

Origin of ordure

1300–50; Middle English < Old French, equivalent to ord filthy (< Latin horridus horrid) + -ure -ure
Related formsor·dur·ous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ordure

Historical Examples of ordure

  • Unionism and order: Separatism and ordure—that is about the sum.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • But I have certain sensitive places in my soul: I do not like that word "ordure."

    How He Lied to Her Husband

    George Bernard Shaw

  • The nobility had died, the aristocracy had marched to imbecility or ordure!

    Against The Grain

    Joris-Karl Huysmans

  • The students laugh at him and make him tipsy; the street boys pelt him with ordure; the better cafes turn him from their doors.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • Ordure palpable and abominable was plentiful, and the swollen carcasses of small animals exhaled their biting wafts.

    The Chequers

    James Runciman

British Dictionary definitions for ordure



excrement; dung
something regarded as being morally offensive

Word Origin for ordure

C14: via Old French, from ord dirty, from Latin horridus shaggy
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Word Origin and History for ordure

late 14c., from Old French ordure "filth, uncleanliness" (12c.), from ord, ort "filthy, dirty, foul," from Latin horridus "dreadful" (see horrid).

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