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Definition of ornery adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ornery

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈɔːnəri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrnəri//
 
(North American English, informal)
 
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bad-tempered and difficult to deal with Word Origin early 19th cent.: variant of ordinary, representing a dialect pronunciation.
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