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Which word would you use to translate the English adjective spoiled, like in the example:

He is really a spoiled kid.

Would you recommend using the word verzogen? Is that what most people would say? Is it correct?

  • Yep, "verzogenes Gör/Blag/Balg" passt gut. Notfalls auch "verzogenes Kind" ;) – Carsten S Jan 18 '15 at 17:09
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I'd like to second what Veredomon already said. For reference see this Ngram.

Note, however, that there's basically a difference between the words verzogen and verwöhnt:

  • verwöhnt:
    anspruchsvoll , wählerisch, man weiß viele Dinge nicht mehr zu schätzen
    (hard to please, choosy, you've stopped appreciating little things)
  • verzogen:
    'falsch' oder 'schlecht' erzogen
    ('wrongly' or 'badly' brought up)

Verzogen usually suggests verwöhnt, but not vice versa.

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Verwöhntes or verzogenes Kind. I'd say, however, that verwöhnt is more common, although it is essentially more neutral. Verzogen sounds a little bit dated to me.

  • verwöhnt ist in dem Kontext sicher keine akkurate Übersetzung, weil es positiv klingt (spoiled bedeutet u. A. auch verdorben, wenn auch im Kontext von Nahrungsmitteln). Siehe auch dict.cc/?s=spoiled+brat – user15822 Nov 15 at 18:34

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