ornery


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or·ner·y

 (ôr′nə-rē)
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.

ornery

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

or•ner•y

(ˈɔr nə ri)

adj. -ner•i•er, -ner•i•est.
1. disagreeable in disposition; mean; crotchety.
2. stubborn.
[1790–1800]
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

ornery

adjective
Given to acting in opposition to others:
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I thought it all out, and reckoned I would belong to the widow's if he wanted me, though I couldn't make out how he was a-going to be any better off then than what he was before, seeing I was so ignorant, and so kind of low-down and ornery.
Poor old Uncle Silas--why, it's pitiful, him trying to curry favor that way--so hard pushed and poor, and yet hiring that useless Jubiter Dunlap to please his ornery brother.
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
Just at bedtime a poor, ornery sort of dog came along and asked for a night's lodging.
If I wan't an ornery shorthorn at the business, I'd be accumulatin' them rings on your fingers instead of being polite," he retorted.
The Santa Claus at the Dufferin Mall in Toronto was faced with a much larger dilemma than an ornery child this week, instead an adult woman challenged Santa's very identity.
He chewed on everything in the house, carried stray socks everywhere, ate anything he could reach, and was sooo ornery.
In Vials, viewers will be introduced to the staff of Gateway Drug and Surgical, a local pharmacy run by the ornery pharmacist Rich who must contend with unruly customers, a possible corporate takeover, his rebellious daughter Lisa, the arrogant technician Joe, and Doug, the timid intern.
Along the way, she faces political resistance led by an ornery talk show host named Brett O'Keefe, whose conspiracy-tinged rants appear to be inspired by the paranoid radio host Alex Jones.
Recruited to retrieve a Chinese crested terrier from a fleapit roadside zoo, where the ugly effing show dog has been mistaken for the chupacabra, Reggie soon finds himself embroiled in a deadly criminal conspiracy involving neo-Nazi drug smugglers, a seedy used-car salesman, a wannabe serial killer, an ornery Vietnam veteran, a badass veterinarian, a freakishly endowed adult entertainment donkey named Enrique, and in an explosive cameo, an Academy Award winning Hollywood icon.
For Aging Research said that "When I started working with centenarians, I thought we'd find that they survived so long in part because they were mean and ornery.