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carl

or carle

[kahrl] /kɑrl/
noun
1.
Scot.
  1. a strong, robust fellow, especially a strong manual laborer.
  2. a miser; an extremely thrifty person.
2.
Archaic. a churl.
3.
Obsolete. a bondman.
Origin of carl
1000
before 1000 (in compounds; see housecarl); Middle English; Old English -carl < Old Norse karl man; cognate with Old High German karl; akin to churl
Related forms
carlish, adjective
carlishness, noun
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  • I'll never have the man who's wanting the strick of carle hemp in the making of him!'

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • “That will be our supper to-night,” observed the carle, as he disengaged the spear.

    Erling the Bold R.M. Ballantyne
  • Then the carle said, “Another cup for the longer after youth!”

  • Said the carle: "We have come the shortest way this bitter morning; that is all."

    The Sundering Flood William Morris
  • Quoth the carle: "It is down in this ghyll that my master promised to abide me."

    The Sundering Flood William Morris
  • And she says "Twice yet, carle," quoth she, "I'll come to Spain."

  • But now by the hoary elder stood A carle in raiment red as blood.

    Poems by the Way William Morris
British Dictionary definitions for carle

carl

/kɑːl/
noun
1.
(archaic) another word for churl
Word Origin
Old English, from Old Norse karl
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Word Origin and History for carle

carl

n.

c.1300, "bondsman; common man, man of low birth," from Old Norse karl "man, male, freeman," from Proto-Germanic *karlon-, the same root that produced Old English ceorl "man of low degree" (see churl).

The Mellere was a stout carle for the nones [Chaucer]

Carl

masc. proper name, from Middle High German Karl "man, husband" (see carl).

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