Origin of ornery
OTHER WORDS FROM orneryor·ner·i·ness, noun
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How to use ornery in a sentence
Principled but also a bit thuggish, witty yet vaguely ornery, taciturn yet capable of being wounded, he became—by stealth, across five pictures—the best version of the character, the one we didn’t know we wanted.No Time to Die Is an Imperfect Movie. But It’s a Perfect Finale for the Best James Bond Ever|Stephanie Zacharek|September 29, 2021|Time
The experience helped me to understand my emotions toward her in a way I never could have managed as an ornery 13-year-old.
In the early days, the kid was “an ornery, little s---,” he remembers.Tyler Mahan Coe created the ‘War and Peace’ of country music podcasts. Surrender to it.|Geoff Edgers|April 15, 2021|Washington Post
The characters you play on the show are extremely diverse—ranging from a cocaine-rattled rich boy to an ornery Jewish grandpa.
The budding relationship between the ornery sexagenarian and the precocious young child ultimately gives the film its momentum.Meet Vincent McKenna, Your New Favorite Bill Murray Character|Alex Suskind|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With Nebraska, however, the movie received a 10-minute standing ovation by the famously ornery French crowd.Bruce Dern’s Long, Strange Trip to Leading Man in Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’|Marlow Stern|November 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We had some pretty ornery people, and we had to find a way to compromise and get things done.Denny Hastert Disses the ‘Hastert Rule’: It ‘Never Really Existed’|Eleanor Clift|October 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He's an ornery cuss kind of Republican, extremely critical of Bush and Cheney back in the day.
With a roast apple in his snout, and a ribbon—a blue—no, a pink ribbon decorating his ornery little tail.The Woman Gives|Owen Johnson
I felt so ornery and low down and mean that I says to myself, my mind's made up; I'll hive that money for them or bust.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The Irish may be ornery, and they aint worth much, but they are a whole lot better than the —— —— Dutch.The Behavior of Crowds|Everett Dean Martin
I'm for the Union as she air, and withered be the arm of every ornery cuss who attempts to bust her up.
The jail was a ornery edifiss, but the table was librally surplied with Bakin an Cabbidge.