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churlish

[chur-lish] /ˈtʃɜr lɪʃ/
adjective
1.
like a churl; boorish; rude:
churlish behavior.
2.
of a churl; peasantlike.
3.
niggardly; mean.
4.
difficult to work or deal with, as soil.
Origin of churlish
1000
before 1000; Middle English cherlish, Old English ceorlisc. See churl, -ish1
Related forms
churlishly, adverb
churlishness, noun
unchurlish, adjective
unchurlishly, adverb
unchurlishness, noun
Synonyms
1. coarse, uncouth, vulgar, loutish; ill-natured, uncivil.
Antonyms
1. courteous.
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  • She was helpless, and he experienced a churlish satisfaction in her condition.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • Cold, churlish, sticky or clammy clays are never to the liking of the grape.

  • What a churlish idea it was to erect these barricades, Miss Dill!

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • I was sorry for my churlish speech, and feared it had given her offence.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • It would have been churlish and inexpedient after this to insist on further conversation.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • He became the laughing-stock of the pueblo, and grew brutal and churlish accordingly.

    An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
  • At first, his manner to Furneaux had been churlish in the extreme.

British Dictionary definitions for churlish

churlish

/ˈtʃɜːlɪʃ/
adjective
1.
rude or surly
2.
of or relating to peasants
3.
miserly
Derived Forms
churlishly, adverb
churlishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for churlish
adj.

late Old English cierlisc "of or pertaining to churls," from churl + -ish. Meaning "deliberately rude" is late 14c. Related: Churlishly; churlishness.

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