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10:21 Feb 17, 2001
English to German translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: ornery
an ornery person
xxxZareah
United States
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Summary of answers provided
nafrechxxxZareah
nawiderspenstig, störrisch, unfolgsamUlrike Lieder
naunangenehm
Dierk Seeburg


  

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12 mins
unangenehm


Explanation:
Without any context to fit into its flow try these: unangenehm (im Auftreten), zankhaft.

Cheerio,
Dierk


    Reference: http://dict.leo.org/?lang=en&where=0&search=ornery
Dierk Seeburg
Local time: 05:30
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 130
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30 mins
widerspenstig, störrisch, unfolgsam


Explanation:
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


Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 04:30
Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in pair: 1505
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1 hr
frech


Explanation:
eine freche Person;frech, störrisch, zickig

xxxZareah
United States
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PRO pts in pair: 18
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