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”), Middle High German urez, German Uräß.
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: ôt, IPA(key): /ɔːt/
- (US) enPR: ôrt, IPA(key): /ɔːɹt/
- Homophones: aught, ought (in non-rhotic accents)
- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)t
ort (plural orts)
- (usually in the plural) A fragment; a scrap of leftover food; any remainder; a piece of refuse.
- 1861, George Eliot, chapter III, in Silas Marner, page 40:
- […] the rich ate and drank freely, […] their feasting caused a multiplication of orts, which were the heirlooms of the poor.
- 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.
- (fragment): bit, chip; See also Thesaurus:piece
- (leftover food): gubbins, leftover, scrap
- (any remainder): remnant, residue; See also Thesaurus:remainder
- (a piece of refuse): garbage, rubbish; See also Thesaurus:trash
Borrowed before Daur rhotacism.
ort m (plural orts)
ort (emphatic ortsa)
- orts (emphatic)
Old High German
- sharp point
- (inhabited) place, location; a group of houses (of any size: hamlet, village, town, city...)
- (mining) adit (horizontal tunnel in a mine)
|Declension of ort|