adjective, or·ner·i·er, or·ner·i·est.Dialect.
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Origin of ornery
OTHER WORDS FROM orneryor·ner·i·ness, noun
Example sentences from the Web for ornery
It disgusted Tom Sawyer, and he said it was the orneriest, low-downest thing he ever heard of.Tom Sawyer, Detective|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
An' didn't he bring in four of the orneriest cusses that ever lived when they busted the Hart River cache?Connie Morgan in the Fur Country|James B. Hendryx
But this little thing is the orneriest critter I ever run across.Ticktock and Jim|Keith Robertson
Well, I reckon he was p'raps the orneriest-lookin' beast you ever see.Lords of the Housetops|Various
Yer the orneriest ostrich fur a man of yer keerful eddication!Old Gorgon Graham|George Horace Lorimer