UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈɔːnərɪ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈɔrnəri/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ôrnə rē)

Inflections of 'ornery' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
adj comparative
adj superlative

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
or•ner•y /ˈɔrnəri/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -i•er, -i•est. 
  1. Slang Termsdisagreeable;
  2. Slang Termsstubborn.
or•ner•i•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
or•ner•y  (ôrnə rē),USA pronunciation adj.,  -ner•i•er, -ner•i•est. [Dial.]
  1. Slang Termsugly and unpleasant in disposition or temper:No one can get along with my ornery cousin.
  2. Slang Termsstubborn:I can't do a thing with that ornery mule.
  3. Slang Termslow or vile.
  4. Slang Termsinferior or common;
orner•i•ness, n. 
  • contraction of ordinary 1790–1800
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged mean, ill-tempered, ill-natured, surly, testy.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
ornery /ˈɔːnərɪ/ adj US Canadian dialect or informal
  1. stubborn or vile-tempered
  2. low; treacherous: an ornery trick
  3. ordinary
Etymology: 19th Century: alteration of ordinary

ˈorneriness n

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