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|English to German translations [Non-PRO]|
|English term or phrase: ornery|
|an ornery person|
widerspenstig, störrisch, unfolgsam
Those are the terms given by Muret-Sanders, Enzyklopädisches Wörterbuch.
Some of these terms, espec. unfolgsam, would be used mostly for a child, but the others might fit into your context.
Another term that comes to mind is "grantig", as ornery is often used in conjunction with old man, i.e. an ornery old man, and, at least in northern German usage, that would be ein grantiger alter Mann.
Hope this helps
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