Ornery meaning

ôrnə-rē
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(humorous, southern US) Mischievous, prankish, teasing, disagreeable but in a good way.
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Mean-spirited, disagreeable, and contrary in disposition; cantankerous.
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Obstinate.
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The definition of ornery is someone bad tempered or stubborn.

A grumpy old man who is always looking to pick a fight is an example of someone who would be described as ornery.

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Having an ugly or mean disposition.
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Origin of ornery

  • Alteration of ordinary

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Contracted or dialectal pronunciation of ordinary.

    From Wiktionary