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10:21 Feb 17, 2001
English to German translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: ornery
an ornery person
United States

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nawiderspenstig, störrisch, unfolgsamUlrike Lieder
Dierk Seeburg



12 mins

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


    Reference: http://dict.leo.org/?lang=en&where=0&search=ornery
Dierk Seeburg
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30 mins
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

Ulrike Lieder
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1 hr

eine freche Person;frech, störrisch, zickig

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