- a strong, robust fellow, especially a strong manual laborer.
- a miser; an extremely thrifty person.
- Archaic. a churl.
- Obsolete. a bondman.
Origin of carl
- a male given name, form of Charles.
Examples from the Web for carl
Contemporary Examples of carl
Carl Sandler, who founded Mister in 2012, previously founded Daddyhunt.com and worked at Gay.com.Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem
January 9, 2015
In the next election, MassEquality took Vinnie out, replacing him with a young gay man, Carl Sciortino.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
Cuomo ran for governor in 2002, but pulled out before he was to be soundly defeated in the Democratic primary by Carl McCall.Andrew Cuomo Ignores Rural New York
November 8, 2014
But poor Carl is still trudging along as if his assault never happened.The Walking Dead’s ‘Slabtown’: The Real Source of Terror Isn’t Walkers, It’s Rape
November 3, 2014
The only difference was the writing staff was Neil Simon, Mel Brooks, and Carl Reiner, and they started writing on Monday.Harry Shearer on Being Nixon, ‘The Simpsons Movie’ Sequel, and Why Obama Should Return His Nobel
October 21, 2014
Historical Examples of carl
Perhaps Professor Carl Seigfried could give you some information on that point.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
“Maybe it means having a mustache,” said Carl, with a slight flush.
“God,” answered Carl glibly, as if that must be the only orthodox answer.
There aint nowhere a better man than my man; and Carl Olsen, he knows that.Stories of a Western Town
Carl Magnus had his Grehweiler palace costing 180,000 guelden.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
- archaic another word for churl
Word Origin for carl
Word Origin and History for carl
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]
masc. proper name, from Middle High German Karl "man, husband" (see carl).