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ornery

or·ner·y

ornery

 
 
pronunciation:
or n ri
part of speech: adjective
definition: stubborn, mean, or disagreeable.
Some of the neighbors have been ornery about the proposed community center.She's so ornery; she won't even try on the new clothes I got her.I wouldn't ask him now; he tends to be ornery first thing in the morning.
synonyms:
cantankerous, irascible, mean, stubborn
similar words:
bad-tempered, crabby, crusty, disagreeable, feisty, grouchy, headstrong, obstinate, pigheaded, quarrelsome, short-tempered, sour, surly
derivation: orneriness (n.)