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[awrt] /ɔrt/
Usually, orts. a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.
Origin of ort
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; cognate with Low German ort, early Dutch oorete; compare Old English or- out-, ǣt food (see eat) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They ain't finished as they ort to be, and I would not wear 'em.

  • We all felt that Mahala had ort to took the money to get her a new dress.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • I d' know's I ort to say so, but this here district No. 34 is a poot' tol'able hard school to teach.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • For my part,' she added, 'I've seen one thing that was as it ort to be.

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • But anyway, the minute his senses come back, and he see where he wuz, you ort to see how he behaved.

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
  • It was ort Hippisley, of course, that waited for Prue outside the gate.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • I told her "if she wanted a Government quilt, and wanted it appropriate, she ort to have it a crazy-quilt."

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
  • Sometimes in the hack Prue would permit ort to keep his arm round her.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Don't you think we ort to let the rest know what we're expectin' to do?

  • It ort to been called mule-hide for it was about that tough.

Word Origin and History for ort

"remains of food left from a meal," mid-15c., probably cognate with early Dutch ooraete, Low German ort, from or-, privative prefix, + etan "to eat" (see eat (v.)). Perhaps from an unrecorded Old English word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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