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

Examples of churl in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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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