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adj. or·ner·i·er, or·ner·i·est
Mean-spirited, disagreeable, and contrary in disposition; cantankerous.

[Alteration of ordinary.]

or′ner·i·ness′ n.
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Noun1.orneriness - meanspirited disagreeable contrariness
contrariness, perverseness, perversity - deliberate and stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline
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Who else would have thought of putting those 'mismatched' talents together, loopily hoping that the very orneriness of the quirky combination could end up as the perfect match made in blockbuster heaven?
My orneriness has not been fully vindicated -- NIH still recommends dietary fish oil -- but it does find omega-3 supplements to be useless.
As time passed, however, her orneriness remained unabated, and the inclusive fabric so nicely woven for her became stretched to its limits.
Annette has wrapped it all in an eye-twinkle of orneriness.
well, because of Jaffa's orneriness, but that's a story for others to tell.
Sweetness and orneriness, emotional availability and being distant at the same time.
But he definitely took that orneriness from her," said Tyson, now the track and cross-country coach at Gonzaga University in Spokane.
And so it went, in a unique blend of ingenuity and orneriness.
By the following year, it seems, the elegant lines and residual pictorialism of these early works had given way to the more eccentric orneriness of the "Pipe Pieces," 1967-69, which typically comprise two lengths of aluminum pipe conjoined by metal fittings or plastic hose.
This is a factor in remaining steady to shot or halting on command, when temptation or orneriness overcomes their training.
Warmth, intelligence, fabulous anecdotes and loving tributes to "unsung collaborators" (book writers and some actors) do temper this volume's magnificent orneriness.