Meaning of ort in English:


Pronunciation /ɔːt/


archaic, dialect usually orts
  • 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 bedizened scraps, orts, and broken meats.’
    • ‘Meals were individually weighed for each horse , and all orts were collected , weighed , and recorded prior to the next meal.’
    • ‘Dry matter intakes and orts were recorded on a daily basis.’
    • ‘Food intake was calculated daily by subtracting the dried orts ( uneaten food ) from the amount of food offered every day.’
    debris, waste, waste matter, discarded matter, refuse, litter, scrap, flotsam and jetsam, lumber, rubble, wreckage


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