carl

or carle

[ kahrl ]
/ kɑrl /
|

noun

Scot.
  1. a strong, robust fellow, especially a strong manual laborer.
  2. a miser; an extremely thrifty person.
Archaic. a churl.
Obsolete. a bondman.

Nearby words

  1. carjack,
  2. carjacker,
  3. carjacking,
  4. cark,
  5. carking,
  6. carl xvi gustaf,
  7. carla,
  8. carleen,
  9. carlen's catheter,
  10. carleton

Origin of carl

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 formscarl·ish, adjectivecarl·ish·ness, noun

Carl

[ kahrl ]
/ kɑrl /

noun

a male given name, form of Charles.
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British Dictionary definitions for carl

carl

carle

/ (kɑːl) /

noun

archaic another word for churl

Word Origin for carl

Old English, from Old Norse karl

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