Usually orts. a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.

Origin of ort

1400–50; late Middle English; cognate with Low German ort, early Dutch oorete; compare Old English or- out-, ǣt food (see eat)
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Examples from the Web for orts

Historical Examples of 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

    Bayard Taylor

  • 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

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • 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

    Wirt Sikes

  • 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

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for orts


pl n

(sometimes singular) archaic, or dialect scraps or leavings

Word Origin for orts

C15: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch oorete, from oor- remaining + ete food
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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.

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