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Ornery   /ˈɔrnəri/   Listen

Having a difficult and contrary disposition.  Synonyms: cantankerous, crotchety.

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"Ornery" Quotes from Famous Books

... cookin' ez he does? It's his gift. He's done clean furgot all about Injuns, the fort, the fleet, us, an' everything except them thar rabbit steaks. Lemme call him back to the world, that good, old, ornery, long-legged, contrary Jim Hart, the best cook on this here ...
— The Riflemen of the Ohio - A Story of the Early Days along "The Beautiful River" • Joseph A. Altsheler

... a little small bull-pup, that to look at him you'd think he wan't worth a cent, but to set around and look ornery, and lay for a chance to steal something. But as soon as money was upon him, he was a different dog; his under-jaw'd begin to stick out like the fo'castle of a steamboat, and his teeth would uncover, ...
— The Bed-Book of Happiness • Harold Begbie

Words linked to "Ornery" :   orneriness, ill-natured, crotchety

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