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churl

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noun \ˈchər(-ə)l\

Definition of churl

  1. 1 :  ceorl

  2. 2 :  a medieval peasant

  3. 3 :  rustic, countryman

  4. 4 a :  a rude ill-bred person b :  a stingy morose person



Examples of churl

  1. <as far as he was concerned, anyone from outside the city was a backwater churl>

  2. <don't bother asking for donations at that house—the churl who lives there believes that charity begins and ends at home>



Origin of churl

Middle English, from Old English ceorl man, ceorl; akin to Old Norse karl man, husband


First Known Use: before 12th century

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