[ UK /ˈɔːnəɹi/ ]
[ US /ˈɔɹnɝi/ ]
  1. having a difficult and contrary disposition
    a cantankerous and venomous-tongued old lady
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How To Use ornery In A Sentence

  • In the face of modernity, there's a thrill in watching an ornery cuss who clings to the old ways.
  • Whether it's a truce between a volatile owner and an ornery general manager or a self-absorbed player and a temperamental coach, everything is copacetic when the games don't count.
  • Growling softly at the guard, pretending to be my usual, ornery self and blaming him for the shortness of chain.
  • He was typecast for years as a pugnacious gangster and ornery little SOB.
  • Just to be ornery, Mike tooted again and the old man shook a fist.
  • Hernandez lets us see the stubborn and ornery side of this difficult character, rather than making him into some sort of saint.
  • Stancliffe, a Lawrence senior who prefers to be known as Anson the Ornery, said the piece illustrated how the theory of evolution led people to place themselves above other animals and to ignore the importance of biodiversity. Kansan.com stories
  • But he also struck me a the kind of chap who didn't suffer fools gladly - what the Americans would call an 'ornery' and 'cussed' type. Archive 2004-04-25
  • I got to go to church and sweat and sweat -- I hate them ornery sermons!
  • He turns out to be Finn Killian someone she'd met and thought "old and kind of ornery" at 21 but now finds mesmerizing. East Egg, Meet Southampton
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