- 1 English
- 2 Irish
- 3 Manx
- 4 Old High German
- 5 Scottish Gaelic
- 6 Swedish
From Middle English ort, from Old English *orǣt (“that which is left after eating”, literally “out-eat”), equivalent to or- + eat. Cognate with Middle Low German orte (“refuse of food”), Middle Dutch ooraete, ooreete, Low German ort (“ort”).
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: ôt, IPA(key): /ɔːt/
- (US) enPR: ôrt, IPA(key): /ɔːrt/
- Homophones: aught, ought (in non-rhotic accents)
ort (plural orts)
- (usually in the plural) A fragment; a scrap of leftover food; any remainder; a piece of refuse.
1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
- Come, Kinch, you have eaten all we left. Ay, I will serve you your orts and offals.
1997, Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon:
- Peace, Grandam,– reclaim thy Ort. The Learnèd One has yet to sink quite that low.
- ortsa (emphatic)
- orts (emphatic)
Old High German
- sharp point
- (inhabited) place, location; a group of houses (of any size: hamlet, village, town, city...)
- horizontal tunnel in a mine