Definition of ort in English:



usually orts
archaic, dialect
  • A scrap or remainder of food from a meal.

    • ‘The men's job was to operate the sweepers, brushing up the vegetable waste, the paper bags, the scraps and orts of the Market like prairie harvesters.’
    • ‘A waiter wheeled up a trolley of elaborately bedized scraps, orts and broken meats.’
    debris, waste, waste matter, discarded matter, refuse, rubbish, litter, scrap, flotsam and jetsam, lumber, rubble, wreckage
    View synonyms


Late Middle English: from Middle Low German orte ‘food remains’, originally a compound of which the second element is related to eat.