- an old woman.
- a hag; witch.
Origin of carline
1350–1400; Middle English (north) kerling < Old Norse: old woman, equivalent to kerl (mutated variant of karl man) + -ing -ing1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for carline
“Go on, Carline Dodge,” ordered the tall ghost imperturbably.Betty Wales Senior
Then smiled the carline and said: “Yea, he is thy foster-father, and yet a fond one.”The House of the Wolfings
But now they went back to their folk, and the Carline followed them in a little while.
The other men laughed, but the Carline answered them nought.
But however that might be, the Carline and the Maiden never saw Brookside again.
- a Eurasian thistle-like plant, Carlina vulgaris, having spiny leaves and flower heads surrounded by raylike whitish bracts: family Asteraceae (composites)Also called: carline thistle
C16: from French, probably from Latin cardō thistle
- mainly Scot an old woman, hag, or witch
- a variant of carling
C14: from Old Norse kerling old woman, diminutive of karl man, churl
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012