One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Resembling a ring; marked with rings; having rings.
Having a ringing quality or tone.
adjectiveWest, Regional, North American
Irritable; ‘ornery’; angry.
Late 17th century. From ring + -y<br>mid 19th century. From ring + -y<br>early 20th century; earliest use found in Scribner's Magazine. Origin uncertain. Perhaps compare ring, or perhaps compare wrangy, recorded with the same meaning in English regional (Devon) use in the 19th cent. and in slang use in the 21st.
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