carline

noun
car·​line | \ ˈkär-lən How to pronounce carline (audio) \
variants: or carlin

Definition of carline

chiefly Scotland
: woman especially : an old woman

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Examples of carline in a Sentence

there's no appeasing the auld carline who lives at the far end of the loch

First Known Use of carline

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carline

northern Middle English kerling & early Scots kerling, karlyng, karlyn "old woman," borrowed from Old Norse kerling, from karl "man, commoner" + -ing, feminine noun suffix — more at churl

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The first known use of carline was in the 14th century

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“Carline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carline. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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