- like a churl; boorish; rude: churlish behavior.
- of a churl; peasantlike.
- niggardly; mean.
- difficult to work or deal with, as soil.
Origin of churlish
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1. coarse, uncouth, vulgar, loutish; ill-natured, uncivil.
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Examples from the Web for churlish
His churlish attack created a media storm that the Republican Party got dragged into and which has hurt the image of the party.The Real Problem with Sandra Fluke (Hint: It has Nothing to Do with her Sex Life)
March 6, 2012
This is the thin-skinned Gucci model Franco who hurls tweeted insults with the churlish gusto of Kanye West.The James Franco Backlash
March 23, 2011
Petraeus, the long-suffering hero of the Surge, now transcends all but the most churlish criticisms.Confirmation: The Easy Part
June 29, 2010
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.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
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
- rude or surly
- of or relating to peasants
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Word Origin and History for churlish
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