churl

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n churl a bad-tempered person
    • n churl a selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend
    • n churl a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Churl A rough, surly, ill-bred man; a boor. "A churl's courtesy rarely comes, but either for gain or falsehood."
    • Churl A rustic; a countryman or laborer. "A peasant or churl .""Your rank is all reversed; let men of cloth
      Bow to the stalwart churls in overalls."
    • Churl A selfish miser; an illiberal person; a niggard. "Like to some rich churl hoarding up his pelf."
    • a Churl Churlish; rough; selfish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n churl A rustic; a peasant; a countryman or laborer.
    • n churl Specifically In early English history, one of the lowest class of freemen; one who held land from or worked on the estate of his lord.
    • n churl A coarse, rude, surly, sullen, or ill-tempered person.
    • n churl A miser; a niggard.
    • churl Churlish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Churl churl a rustic, labourer: an ill-bred, surly fellow
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. ceorl, a freeman of the lowest rank, man, husband; akin to D. karel, kerel, G. kerl, Dan. & Sw. karl, Icel. karl, and to the E. proper name Charles,orig., man, male,), and perh. to Skr. jāra, lover. Cf. Carl Charles's Wain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ceorl, a countryman; Ice. karl, Ger. kerl, a man; Scot. carl.

Usage

In literature:

Go home, thou foul churl, and be ever a thrall!
"Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race" by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
The churl that wants another's fare Deserves at least to lose his share.
"The Fables of Phædrus" by Phaedrus
I am no sour churl to take offence at the idle words of a foolish boy.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
He, troublesome old cross-grained churl that he was, would soon be out of the way.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
That night, after cursing myself for a churl, I wrote and wished her good luck.
"Uncanny Tales" by Various
Let it not, however, be surmised that I have any mind to Malign the Useful Churls who make our Clothes.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 2 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
The "churl" had no rights which those in office were bound to respect.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 109, November, 1866" by Various
Churl that you are t'enjoy such wealth alone!
"Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age" by Various
Stand off, churl of Kapparon!
"Historic Boys" by Elbridge Streeter Brooks
Away, to the watch-tower, dull-witted churl, that the sight may not escape you which is so plain to me!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
But Florentine animalism, at this time, feels the joy of a gentleman, not of a churl.
"Ariadne Florentina" by John Ruskin
I must have been the veriest churl not to wish him his pick of all the feminine wagtails in the wood.
"Birds in the Bush" by Bradford Torrey
Was it possible he could be aware of the real intentions of the churl who was leading him and his to ruin?
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
For less than that my sword hath ofttimes drunk the blood of churls.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
However, now she sees what a churl's nature was under my fair-seeming exterior, her pride will show her what to do.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
Peasant, voter, and dunce of this century are no doubt wiser than the churl, burgher, and blockhead of the twelfth.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
A churl could not have resisted that pleasant half-smile.
"Against Odds" by Lawrence L. Lynch
It is beautifully said, beautifully and kindly felt; and I should be a churl indeed if I were not grateful, and an ass if I were not proud.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But the churl did not mind that.
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés
I was a churl indeed to doubt of you.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 8 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

The green hills and shore
Be with white keeps disfigured,
And the Mote of Rathmore
Be the Saxon churl’s haggard!
"The Downfall Of The Gael" by Samuel Ferguson
And thus she walks among her girls
With praise and mild rebukes;
Subduing e'en rude village churls
By her angelic looks.
"The Good Part That Shall Not Be Taken Away" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
RIBERA.
Welcome, my lord!
I am shamed to think my sovereign's son should wait,
Through a churl's ignorance, without my doors.
"The Spagnoletto. Act III" by Emma Lazarus
Familiar with thy melody,
We go debating of its power,
As churls, who hear it hour by hour,
Contemn the skylark's minstrelsy -
"To Alfred Tennyson - 1883" by Robert Fuller Murray
Fair-browed Lycoris pines away
Because her Cyrus loves another;
The ruthless churl informs the girl
He loves her only as a brother!
"To Albius Tibullus" by Eugene Field
Cherries in nets against the wall,
Where Master Thrush his madrigal
Sings, and makes oath a churl is he
Who grudges cherries for a fee.
"The Choice" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

A Churl -Free Day of Posting, Part #1.
Only a churl would deny that Thom Yorke and his bandmates in Radiohead are sonic sculptors to contend with.
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