ornery

[ awr-nuh-ree ]
/ ˈɔr nə ri /

adjective, or·ner·i·er, or·ner·i·est. Dialect.

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.

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Origin of ornery

First recorded in 1790–1800; contraction of ordinary

OTHER WORDS FROM ornery

or·ner·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for orneriness

ornery
/ (ˈɔːnərɪ) /

adjective US and Canadian dialect, or informal

stubborn or vile-tempered
low; treacherousan ornery trick
ordinary

Derived forms of ornery

orneriness, noun

Word Origin for ornery

C19: alteration of ordinary
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