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Principled but also a bit thuggish, witty yet vaguely ornery, taciturn yet capable of being wounded, he became—by stealth, across five pictures—the best version of the character, the one we didn’t know we wanted.
NO TIME TO DIE IS AN IMPERFECT MOVIE. BUT IT’S A PERFECT FINALE FOR THE BEST JAMES BOND EVERSTEPHANIE ZACHAREKSEPTEMBER 29, 2021TIME
The experience helped me to understand my emotions toward her in a way I never could have managed as an ornery 13-year-old.
I TAUGHT MYSELF TO LUCID DREAM. YOU CAN TOO.NEEL V. PATELAUGUST 25, 2021MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
In the early days, the kid was “an ornery, little s---,” he remembers.
TYLER MAHAN COE CREATED THE ‘WAR AND PEACE’ OF COUNTRY MUSIC PODCASTS. SURRENDER TO IT.GEOFF EDGERSAPRIL 15, 2021WASHINGTON POST
With a roast apple in his snout, and a ribbon—a blue—no, a pink ribbon decorating his ornery little tail.
THE WOMAN GIVESOWEN JOHNSON
I felt so ornery and low down and mean that I says to myself, my mind's made up; I'll hive that money for them or bust.
ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, COMPLETEMARK TWAIN (SAMUEL CLEMENS)
The Irish may be ornery, and they aint worth much, but they are a whole lot better than the —— —— Dutch.
THE BEHAVIOR OF CROWDSEVERETT DEAN MARTIN
I'm for the Union as she air, and withered be the arm of every ornery cuss who attempts to bust her up.
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF ARTEMUS WARDCHARLES FARRAR BROWNE (AKA ARTEMUS WARD)
The jail was a ornery edifiss, but the table was librally surplied with Bakin an Cabbidge.
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF ARTEMUS WARDCHARLES FARRAR BROWNE (AKA ARTEMUS WARD)
Altogether a very ornery performance, especially as all were dressed in European store–clothes.
THE MATABELE CAMPAIGNR. S. S. BADEN-POWELL
Even his sellin' your ma that jumpin' cow was a low-down, ornery trick.
DOROTHY AT SKYRIEEVELYN RAYMOND
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO ORNERY

  • antagonistic
  • bellicose
  • belligerent
  • cantankerous
  • contentious
  • cussed
  • energetic
  • fire-eating
  • gladiatorial
  • hawkish
  • militant
  • ornery
  • pugnacious
  • quarrelsome
  • ructious
  • scrappy
  • strenuous
  • trigger-happy
  • truculent
  • warlike
  • warring
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