car·​line ˈkär-lən How to pronounce carline (audio)
variants or carlin
chiefly Scotland
: woman
especially : an old woman

Examples of carline in a Sentence

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

Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Carline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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