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English translation: stuffy/ old-fashioned/ provincial....

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German term or phrase:spießig
English translation:stuffy/ old-fashioned/ provincial....
Entered by: Thomas Bollmann
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07:32 Jul 4, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: spießig
Anyone know a good way of translating "spießig"? The translations given in general bilingual dictionaries, e.g. middle-class, bourgeois, aren't really right. The specific context is an article about how people used to dress casually for work: "Schließlich wollt man ja nicht für spießig gehalten werden."
SEH
Local time: 00:47
stuffy/ old-fashioned/ provincial....
Explanation:
just some more alternatives - although I like 'uncool' too
Selected response from:

berelin
Local time: 00:47
Grading comment
Good ideas - thank you!
3 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
na +2uncool
jgal
na +1prudeSauerkraut
nanarrowminded/conservativexxxlone
nacommon / vulgarferrel
nastuffy/ old-fashioned/ provincial....berelin
naBabbitt
Thomas Bollmann
nauncultivated
Alexander Schleber
naposh
jgal


  

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4 mins
posh


Explanation:
try 'posh', as it can be used to refer to people and clothes, style of dressing, behaviour etc.

jgal
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5 mins peer agreement (net): +1
prude


Explanation:
I hope this helps :)

Sauerkraut
PRO pts in pair: 12

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  jgal: yes, or 'prudish'
1 min
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9 mins
uncultivated


Explanation:
"spießig" is the adjective of "Spießer" which is a short form of "Spießbürger". This is a turn that comes originally from the Middle Ages and referred to citizens that were only armed with a "Spieß" instead of higher class weapons. That's where it's more modern meaning of petit-bourgeois comes from. In the meantime the word is frequently being used for someone who is simply uncultivated.

HTH

Alexander Schleber
Belgium
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19 mins peer agreement (net): +2
uncool


Explanation:
what about 'uncool', as this seems to sum up all the previous suggestions

jgal
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PRO pts in pair: 8

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Sven Petersson: Why did I not think about it? Congratulations!
48 mins

agree  Johanna Timm, PhD: that's it!
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1 hr
Babbitt


Explanation:
a materialistic, complacent person (Babbitt is a character in a novel of S. Lawis and could be used as a synonym for the expression you're looking for), I hope it helps you.


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Thomas Bollmann
Germany
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1 hr
stuffy/ old-fashioned/ provincial....


Explanation:
just some more alternatives - although I like 'uncool' too


berelin
Local time: 00:47
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 115
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Good ideas - thank you!
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1 hr
narrowminded/conservative


Explanation:
Just an idea....

Good luck!


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xxxlone
Canada
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1 hr
common / vulgar


Explanation:
Spiessbuerger originated in the Middle Ages as a derogatory term applied to lower class city dwellers who, unlike knights, were armed only with a "Spiess." In contemporary usage "spiessig" (=spiessbuergerlich) is synonymous with "kleinlich, engstirnig." It seems to me that "common" fits your context, the contemporary usage of the German word, while also being true to the word's etymological roots.


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    extensive experience with German lit. and history
ferrel
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