ornery

[ awr-nuh-ree ]
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adjective,or·ner·i·er, or·ner·i·est.Dialect.
  1. ugly and unpleasant in disposition or temper: No one can get along with my ornery cousin.

  2. stubborn: I can't do a thing with that ornery mule.

  1. low or vile.

  2. inferior or common; ordinary.

Origin of ornery

1
First recorded in 1790–1800; contraction of ordinary

Other words for ornery

Other words from ornery

  • or·ner·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for ornery

ornery

/ (ˈɔːnərɪ) /


adjectiveUS and Canadian dialect, or informal
  1. stubborn or vile-tempered

  2. low; treacherous: an ornery trick

  1. ordinary

Origin of ornery

1
C19: alteration of ordinary

Derived forms of ornery

  • orneriness, noun

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