- Usually orts. a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.
Origin of ort
Examples from the Web for orts
I paid our postilions in Norwegian orts, which they laid upon a chair and counted, with the assistance of the whole family.Northern Travel
From the very next day he left Bipin Babu's orts as they were, and at times forgot to cover the food for him.Mashi and Other Stories
Even an elderly woman, the mother of five or six children, cheerfully partakes of the residue, as if it were the orts of gods.The Hindoos as they Are
Shib Chunder Bose
Other orts and ends of rabble made up the procession, which with antic and grimace marched about the village and neighbourhood.British Goblins
Since printing throughout the title Orts, a doubt has arisen in my mind as to its fitting the nature of the volume.A Dish Of Orts
- (sometimes singular) archaic, or dialect scraps or leavings
Word Origin and History for orts
"remains of food left from a meal," mid-15c., probably cognate with early Dutch ooraete, Low German ort, from or-, privative prefix, + etan "to eat" (see eat (v.)). Perhaps from an unrecorded Old English word.