[ 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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In order, what parts of speech are the words in all capital letters? Alisa was VERY tired, SO she decided to go to bed.
Origin of ornery
First recorded in 1790–1800; contraction of ordinary
OTHER WORDS FROM orneryor·ner·i·ness, noun
Words nearby ornery
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British Dictionary definitions for orneriness
/ (ˈɔːnərɪ) /
adjective US and Canadian dialect, or informal
stubborn or vile-tempered
low; treacherousan ornery trick
Derived forms of orneryorneriness, noun
Word Origin for ornery
C19: alteration of ordinary
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