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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.


1. stubborn or vile-tempered
2. low; treacherous: an ornery trick.
3. ordinary
[C19: alteration of ordinary]
ˈorneriness n


(ˈɔr nə ri)

adj. -ner•i•er, -ner•i•est.
1. disagreeable in disposition; mean; crotchety.
2. stubborn.
or′ner•i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ornery - having a difficult and contrary disposition; "a cantankerous and venomous-tongued old lady"- Dorothy Sayers
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition


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Blame dat man, he worries me wid dem ornery glasses o' his'n; I b'lieve he's a witch.
She makes me get up just at the same time every morning; she makes me wash, they comb me all to thunder; she won't let me sleep in the woodshed; I got to wear them blamed clothes that just smothers me, Tom; they don't seem to any air git through 'em, somehow; and they're so rotten nice that I can't set down, nor lay down, nor roll around anywher's; I hain't slid on a cellar-door for -- well, it 'pears to be years; I got to go to church and sweat and sweat -- I hate them ornery sermons
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