AskDefine | Define ornery

Dictionary Definition

ornery adj : having a difficult and contrary disposition; "a cantankerous and venomous-tongued old lady"- Dorothy Sayers [syn: cantankerous, crotchety]

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English

Pronunciation

  • a UK /ˈɔːnəɹi/, /"O:n@ri/
  • a US /ˈɔːɹnɚɹi/

Adjective

  1. Cantankerous, stubborn, disagreeable.
    He gets awfully ornery when he doesn’t get his way.
    • John Updike, Rabbit at Rest
      “Grandpa, what’s ‘ornery’?” “Oh, you know. Mean. Contrary. Rebellious.”

Translations

cantankerous, stubborn
  • Dutch: nors, mopperig

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