Resembling a ring; marked with rings; having rings.
Late 17th century. From ring + -y.
Having a ringing quality or tone.
Mid 19th century. From ring + -y.
adjectiveslang, dialect North American
Irritable; ‘ornery’; angry.
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 century and in slang use in the 21st.