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.
Conard, the ornery lone researcher and writer, demands more of himself.
Bryan Burrough tracks the rise and fall of the ornery, loudmouthed state.
The jail was a ornery edifiss, but the table was librally surplied with Bakin an Cabbidge.
To 'n ornery gentleman—of the road or what you will—I'm not, if so be he's the necessary.
Sometimes, I wish I could live my life over with "ornery" in my vocabulary.
They're little an' young an' they ain't never done nothin' ornery.
One cowboy is jest about as ornery an' no 'count as the other—and whisky gits 'em all.
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]