orneriness orneriness

Definition(s):

  • (n) meanspirited disagreeable contrariness

Usage(s):

  1. Partly, it was pure orneriness.
  2. I couldn't address a priest except as Father, leaving all my usual orneriness aside, when I saw the collar.
  3. But the market's normal orneriness provides a note of warning.

News

  • Steve Cuozzo's Flaccid Citi Bike Takedown Has Us Worried

    Steve Cuozzo's review of Citi Bike is advertised on the Post's website as "the column you gearhead loons have been waiting for," and usually Cuozzo doesn't disappoint. His bike-related columns are cold showers of ignorance and orneriness: bracing and invigorating when used sporadically. But his personal account of bike share is all downhill after he drops the phrase "Citibank marketing sluts" in ...
    on June 24, 2013     Source: Gothamist

Quotes

  1. "I think they're much tougher," Calhoun said. "You're being rewarded for tough plays a lot more. Obviously, I thought a great deal about last season and I didn't think we had quite the swagger and quite the orneriness that we needed to...
    on Oct 19, 2007 By: Jim Calhoun Source: Connecticut Post

  2. "This band is actually the cream of the crop," Shorter says. "Everybody's a gentleman. There's no orneriness. This group has the knowledge of the evolution of [musical] things without talking about it. When they start playing and start doing...
    on Apr 5, 2006 By: Wayne Shorter Source: Detroit Metro Times

  3. "He gives us an orneriness that this team needs," Illini coach Bruce Weber said.
    on Mar 23, 2005 By: Bruce Weber Source: WCNC (subscription)

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