Definitions for orneryˈɔr nə ri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•ner•yˈɔr nə ri(adj.)-ner•i•er, -ner•i•est.

  1. disagreeable in disposition; mean; crotchety.

    Category: Status (usage)

  2. stubborn.

    Category: Status (usage)

Origin of ornery:



Princeton's WordNet

  1. cantankerous, crotchety, ornery(adj)

    having a difficult and contrary disposition

    "a cantankerous and venomous-tongued old lady"- Dorothy Sayers


  1. ornery(Adjective)

    Cantankerous, stubborn, disagreeable.

  2. ornery(Adjective)

    Mischievous, prankish, teasing, disagreeable but in a good way.

  3. ornery(Adjective)

    Commonplace, inferior.

  4. Origin: Contracted or dialectal pronunciation of ordinary.


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