Until he got too ornery, Bubbles the Chimpanzee resided at Hayvenhurst, as did the entire Jackson family.
It turns out that even their unethical, ornery, or otherwise awful behavior can do that just as effectively.
Gingrich and Santorum each want to be the anti-Mitt, and Paul (now running second in New Hampshire) is just his ornery self.
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.
Mean and irascible; ill-tempered: He wasconfident and ornery on the mound
[1816+; fr a dialect pronunciation of ordinary]