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").