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  • adj. superlative form of ornery: most ornery.


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  • It's survival of the meanest, orneriest critters you ever seen.

    Happy Wending!

  • "Maybe after the harvest ... that's when they're at their orneriest, and the suicides happen -"


  • It was just too damned big, and patently contained several thousand of the orneriest Indians in America.


  • Over the years this phenomenon, which just about every parent can relate to, has gotten even more predictable: take the spotlight from YouTube kids and the orneriest, most recessive child might actually start chiming in with detailed descriptions of his or her day.

    Childhood Unbound

  • We can now add John Thain-Goldman Sachs and NYSE alumnus, the onetime orneriest sheriff come to town at Merrill Lynch-to this list.

    Another Eminence Tarnished by the Bear

  • Survival not just of the fittest, but the fastest, meanest, orneriest SOB's in the market.

    The essential paradigm of cyberspace

  • So he was an absolutely friendless, isolated, mean, twisted and angry man, the orneriest SOB I have ever met.

    The Real America

  • Joe Martin Erber, whose mother had also been a Davidson, once described one member of the Meridian branch of the family as “the orneriest Jew I ever met”; another member, Meyer Davidson, was so outspoken that he had come within seconds of having his house blown up by the Ku Klux Klan on the night of June 29, 1968, before FBI agents, who had been tipped off, intercepted the would-be bombers.

    Confederacy of Silence

  • This man ran the toughest, biggest, orneriest school district in the state of Texas, Houston Independent School District.

    CNN Transcript Jan 31, 2002

  • "Maybe after the harvest … that's when they're at their orneriest, and the suicides happen —"

    Flashman and the angel of the lord


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