Origin of ortLate Middle English ortus, plural , probably ; from Low German
- often orts A small scrap or leaving of food after a meal is completed.
- A scrap; a bit.
Origin of ortMiddle English orte, food left by animals, probably from Middle Dutch : oor, out; see ud- in Indo-European roots + eten, to eat; see ed- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present orts, present participle orting, simple past and past participle orted)
- (dialectal) To turn away from with disgust; refuse.
From Middle English ort, from Old English *orÇ£t (“that which is left after eating", literally “out-eat"), equivalent to or- +"Ž eat. Cognate with Middle Low German orte (“refuse of food"), Middle Dutch ooraete, ooreete, Low German ort (“ort").