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[awr-nuh-ree] /ˈɔr nə ri/

adjective, ornerier, orneriest. Dialect.
ugly and unpleasant in disposition or temper:
No one can get along with my ornery cousin.
I can’t do a thing with that ornery mule.
low or vile.
inferior or common; ordinary.
adjective (US & Canadian, dialect or informal)
stubborn or vile-tempered
low; treacherous: an ornery trick

1816, American English dialectal contraction of ordinary (adj.). “Commonplace,” hence “of poor quality, coarse, ugly.” By c.1860 the sense had evolved to “mean, cantankerous.” Related: Orneriness.


Mean and irascible; ill-tempered: He wasconfident and ornery on the mound

[1816+; fr a dialect pronunciation of ordinary]


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