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ornery

[ awr-nuh-ree ]
/ 藞蓴r n蓹 ri /
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adjective, or路ner路i路er, or路ner路i路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鈥1800; contraction of ordinary

OTHER WORDS FROM ornery

or路ner路i路ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ornery

ornery
/ (藞蓴藧n蓹r瑟) /

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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