Pronunciation: (ôr'nu-rē), [key]
—adj., -ner•i•er, -ner•i•est. Dial.
1. ugly and unpleasant in disposition or temper: No one can get along with my ornery cousin.
2. stubborn: I can't do a thing with that ornery mule.
3. low or vile.
4. inferior or common; ordinary.
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