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It certainly is the home camp of some of the most ornery reptiles, that a-way!

To 'n ornery gentleman—of the road or what you will—I'm not, if so be he's the necessary.

They're little an' young an' they ain't never done nothin' ornery.

The other fellow was about thirty, and dressed about as ornery.

He ain't no ornery, bloomin' skipper, nor Calamity ain't his name.

That ornery Ephe wilted, and fell flat on the floor behind the chair!

He manages to get hold of the most ornery, two-cent fish there are in the sea.

If she has a husband he is probably an "ornery" fellow who never takes her anywhere.

Sometimes, I wish I could live my life over with "ornery" in my vocabulary.

I reckon dey's too ornery an' too finiky anyway to be fit to eat.

WORD ORIGIN

1816, American English dialectal contraction of ordinary (adj.). "Commonplace," hence "of poor quality, coarse, ugly." By c.1860 the sense had evolved to "mean, cantankerous." Related: Orneriness.

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