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churlish

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adjective churl·ish \ˈchər-lish\

Simple Definition of churlish

  • : not polite

Full Definition of churlish

  1. 1 :  of, resembling, or characteristic of a churl :  vulgar

  2. 2 :  marked by a lack of civility or graciousness :  surly

  3. 3 :  difficult to work with or deal with :  intractable <churlish soil>

churl·ish·ly adverb
churl·ish·ness noun

Examples of churlish

  1. It would be churlish not to congratulate him.

  2. <it would be churlish for any dinner guest to express anything but gratitude for his host's generous hospitality>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of churlish

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of churlish

boorish, churlish, loutish, clownish mean uncouth in manners or appearance. boorish implies rudeness of manner due to insensitiveness to others' feelings and unwillingness to be agreeable <a drunk's boorish behavior>. churlish suggests surliness, unresponsiveness, and ungraciousness <churlish remarks>. loutish implies bodily awkwardness together with stupidity <a loutish oaf>. clownish suggests ill-bred awkwardness, ignorance or stupidity, ungainliness, and often a propensity for absurd antics <an adolescent's clownish conduct>.

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