ornery ornery  /ˈɔr nə ri/


  • (adj) having a difficult and contrary disposition



  1. Also the ornery inspiration, and the naysaying of critics.
  2. Unable to lead an ever-changing band of ornery partners, Microsoft finally decided that the only way to go after Apple was to go it alone.
  3. From iconic movie hero to gun advocate, Charlton Heston embodied both our grandest and our most ornery beliefs.


  1. Magistrate performed weddings for thousands

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - David Barnes has seen his share of ornery people in 26 years as a full-time district court magistrate in Calhoun County, but he retires on Friday with thousands of happy memories.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: WLNS Lansing

  2. A chef’s savory salad that is tangy and crunchy

    “Top Chef” watchers: Think all the way back to Season 9. The cheftestants were hot and grumpy in Texas. Paul Qui won, and one chef seemed to get off more ornery one-liners than the others: Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia in Louisville.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Buffalo News

Word of the Day
ennui ennui
/ɛ ˈnu i /