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.
During his first, 22-year tenure as Prime Minister, from 1981 to 2003, he turned Malaysia into one of Southeast Asia's economic tigers, but his ornery disregard for the judiciary and the press hinted at autocratic leanings.
I think something as easy as them being clearly defined as separate would do wonders for getting ornery, stubborn guys like me to come around to seeing how neat crossbows are in their own right.
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.
Still, the 'surprising' cohosts offer a decidedly 'ornery' contrast that makes their TV cookfest vividly and kookily viewable.
He chewed on everything in the house, carried stray socks everywhere, ate anything he could reach, and was sooo ornery.
Teens will relate to the frustrations of a young man trying to survive and communicate with an ornery teacher and will be captivated by the stark black-and-white illustrations of creatures such as the qallupilluit, who live under the ice and snatch unaware children.