What is another word for ornery?

Pronunciation: [ˈɔːnəɹi] (IPA)

Ornery is a word that is commonly used to describe a person who is bad-tempered, difficult to deal with, or irritable. There are several other words that have similar meanings to ornery, such as cantankerous, irascible, surly, grumpy, and crotchety. Cantankerous refers to a person who is ill-tempered and irritable. Irascible refers to someone who has a short temper and is easily provoked. Surly means rude and hostile. Grumpy refers to someone who is easily annoyed or bad-tempered. Crotchety means that a person is easily irritated and has a difficult personality or behavior. All of these words can be used to describe someone who is ornery.

Synonyms for Ornery:

What are the hypernyms for Ornery?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the opposite words for ornery?

Ornery is an adjective that describes someone who is irritable, difficult to deal with or bad-tempered. Some antonyms for ornery would be amiable, gracious, friendly, easygoing, pleasant, and affable. An amiable person is friendly and easy to talk to, while a gracious person is courteous and patient. Someone who is easygoing doesn't easily tire of other people's ways, they are often able to tolerate a wide range of personalities and behaviors without getting irritated. Pleasant, on the other hand, refers to an individual who is pleasing, agreeable, and good-natured. Finally, an affable person is sociable and easy to engage with. These words are handy when you want to describe someone who is the exact opposite of ornery.

Usage examples for Ornery

After you have seen my wife's relations, you'll fight when anybody calls you ornery.
"The Mystery of the Locks"
Edgar Watson Howe
I am so ornery that I am becoming ashamed of myself.
"The Mystery of the Locks"
Edgar Watson Howe
He let me into the kitchen after my coaxing for a cup of coffee-he's an ornery, cold-blooded guy, that Pardaloe.
"Nan of Music Mountain"
Frank H. Spearman

Famous quotes with Ornery

  • I asked my doctor how many more years I have left and he said, 'You're too ornery to die.'
    Jimmy Piersall
  • She makes me get up just at the same time every morning; she makes me wash, they comb me all to thunder; she won't let me sleep in the woodshed; I got to wear them blamed clothes that just smothers me, Tom; they don't seem to let any air git through 'em, somehow; and they're so rotten nice that I can't set down, nor lay down, nor roll around anywher's; I hain't slid on a cellar-door for — well, it 'pears to be years; I got to go to church and sweat and sweat — I hate them ornery sermons! I can't ketch a fly in there, I can't chaw. I got to wear shoes all Sunday. The widder eats by a bell; she goes to bed by a bell; she gits up by a bell — everything's so awful reg'lar a body can't stand it.
    Mark Twain

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