churlish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj churlish having a bad disposition; surly "churlish as a bear"- Shakespeare"
    • adj churlish rude and boorish
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Churlish Like a churl; rude; cross-grained; ungracious; surly; illiberal; niggardly. "Churlish benefits.""Half mankind maintain a churlish strife."
    • Churlish Wanting pliancy; unmanageable; unyielding; not easily wrought; as, a churlish soil; the churlish and intractable nature of some minerals.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • churlish Like or pertaining to a churl. Rude; ill-bred; surly; austere; sullen; rough in temper; uncivil.
    • churlish Selfish; narrow-minded; avaricious; niggardly.
    • churlish Hence Of things, unpliant; unyielding; unmanageable.
    • churlish Synonyms Clownish, Loutish, etc. See boorish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Churlish rude: surly: ill-bred
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ceorl, a countryman; Ice. karl, Ger. kerl, a man; Scot. carl.

Usage

In literature:

Thy churlish courtesy for those 815 Reserve, who fear to be thy foes.
"Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott
John o' the Scales had often had twice as much from him, but the churlish fellow started up in a rage.
"Tales From Scottish Ballads" by Elizabeth W. Grierson
Uriah received us very churlishly, and peremptorily refused to "come down" with the hospitality of the season.
"My Life: or the Adventures of Geo. Thompson" by George Thompson
At their first sitting down the young man had shown his churlishness.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
A proud, imperious, churlish, haughty Band.
"Ponteach" by Robert Rogers
But the man seemed to want to talk, and it seemed churlish to deny him.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
She was helpless, and he experienced a churlish satisfaction in her condition.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
Annoyed at the churlish rebuff, I turned my back and walked home.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 26, February 1893" by Various
It seemed churlish to refuse.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
But this is a churlish disposition.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
And they were not churlish in bestowing their information, either.
"The Queen Against Owen" by Allen Upward
And he walked heavily away, with head bowed down, showing in his bearing the old churlishness.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
You need not be churlish.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
Nothing is stunted by the churlish, icy hand of indifference or severity.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
It would seem a churlish action to charge for water, but this fluid is very scarce upon the veldt.
"The Young Colonists" by G.A. Henty
Come, I have paid for it dearly; be not so churlish.
"The Black Arrow" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Indian now grew churlish.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
Then hale me hither that churlish lout, and heavily shall he pay his sins!
"Harper's Round Table, July 2, 1895" by Various
This account saved them from all imputation of churlishness in not giving our horses water.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. II." by John L. Stephens
But do not deceive anybody, do not be churlish.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
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In poetry:

Nay! It were churlish to review
And specify by marked attention
Our bedbooks. They are far too nu-
Merous to mention.
""Bedbooks"" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Reluctantly I bade them go,
Ungladdened by my poet-mite;
My heart is not so churlish but
Its loves to minister delight.
"Mother Mind" by Julia Ward Howe
That churlish season never frown’d
On early lovers yet:
O no—the world was newly crown’d
With flowers when first we met!
"Time of Roses" by Thomas Hood
Alas, alas! my very heart will break,
Quoth she, to hear this churlish bird thus speak
Of Love, and of his holy services;
Now, God of Love; thou help me in some wise,
That vengeance on this Cuckoo I may wreak.
"From The Cuckoo And The Nightingale" by William Wordsworth
What! quoth she, thou art all out of thy mind,
That in thy churlishness a cause canst find
To speak of Love's true Servants in this mood;
For in this world no service is so good
To every wight that gentle is of kind.
"From The Cuckoo And The Nightingale" by William Wordsworth
That his great hand, so oft the avenger of the oppressed,
Should this chill churlish night, perchance, be paralysed by frost —
While through some icicle-hung thicket — as one lorn and lost —
He walks and wanders without rest.
"O'Hussey's Ode To The Maguire" by James Clarence Mangan

In news:

It would be churlish not to.
Steven Day and Spencer McHugh, the duo leading Everything Everywhere's rebrand to EE, explain why they are introducing a new brand, its launch strategy and why rivals are being " churlish " about getting beaten to the punch on 4G.
Charming, churlish and a little tone deaf.
A Lost iPhone Shows Apple's Churlish Side.
Mark O'Donnell's acid-tinged Christmas novel Let Nothing You Dismay becomes rather dense in its pileups of literary allusion and wordplay, but it seems churlish to complain that a book is too witty.
To discover a want of courage in the genius who has supervised his career would be churlish.
If you're the kind of person who reads this blog, you're probably already familiar with the churlish Republican practice of refusing to call the Democratic Party by its true name.
Steven Day and Spencer McHugh, the duo leading Everything Everywhere's rebrand to EE, explain why they are introducing a new brand, its launch strategy and why rivals are being "churlish" about getting beaten to the punch on 4G.
A churlish title, perhaps—but these days it's hard not to agree with Michael Pollan that all eating is a political act.
But this looks a lot less miraculous once you put it under a microscope—and pretty soon it won't just be churlish lefties pointing this out.
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In science:

It would be churlish to try and discriminate between all these efforts; the help was generously given and is much appreciated. I would like to thank my colleague Gene Fisk for critically reading the manuscript.
XXXVIIi\'eme Rencontres de Moriond: Electroweak 2002 Conference Summary
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