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English term or phrase:frumpy
German translation:schlampig
Entered by: Thomas Bollmann
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03:57 Jul 21, 2001
English to German translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: frumpy
Anyone know a good way of saying this (about a person, esp. style of dress) in German?
schlampig
Explanation:
I agree to all suggestions made before but would add this adjective. another word i found is "tantenhaft". difficult to say what would be the proper translation in this case since no context is given.

inge
Selected response from:

IngePreiss
Germany
Local time: 08:17
Grading comment
I thought "tantenhaft" was the best suggestion. Thanks for your help.
2 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
na +3ohne jeden Schick
KONSUL-SLOVENIA
na +2... wie eine Vogelscheuche ... / schäbig
Alexander Schleber
na +1schlampig
IngePreiss
na +1ungepflegt
Thomas Bollmann


  

Answers


8 mins peer agreement (net): +2
... wie eine Vogelscheuche ... / schäbig


Explanation:
That's the long and according to the Oxford Duden official way of translating this term. All other ways would be adjectives like "unmodisch" "schrecklich" or "grausam" in connection with for instance, "wie siehst Du denn aus!". I think the Volgescheuche is still the shortest and most accurate.

An amlost synonym in English would be "dowdy", wgich translates as "unansehnlich" or "schäbig"

HTH

Alexander Schleber
Belgium
Local time: 08:17
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1466

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  ambittles

agree  KONSUL-SLOVENIA: Wie eine Vogelscheuche is really COOL!!!
51 mins
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24 mins peer agreement (net): +1
ungepflegt


Explanation:
It depends on the context, in a less formal text you can say "wie eine Vogelscheuche" oder schlampig
a more formal way of saying it would be ungepflegt but it depends on the context and on the person



    native German
Thomas Bollmann
Germany
Local time: 08:17
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 66

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  ambittles
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58 mins peer agreement (net): +3
ohne jeden Schick


Explanation:
You could describe it in many ways:

- ohne jeden Schick
- altmodisch
- verstaubt

Depends on total context.

HTH :-)

Damian


    sometimes frumpy (sunday mornings)
KONSUL-SLOVENIA
Slovenia
Local time: 08:17
Native speaker of: Native in SlovenianSlovenian, Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 20

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  ambittles

agree  ferrel
4 hrs

agree  Rebekka Groß: die Kleidung ist auch unvorteilhaft für die Person
4 hrs
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18 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
schlampig


Explanation:
I agree to all suggestions made before but would add this adjective. another word i found is "tantenhaft". difficult to say what would be the proper translation in this case since no context is given.

inge

IngePreiss
Germany
Local time: 08:17
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 82
Grading comment
I thought "tantenhaft" was the best suggestion. Thanks for your help.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Sonia Rowland
4 hrs
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