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carl

or carle

[kahrl]
noun
  1. Scot.
    1. a strong, robust fellow, especially a strong manual laborer.
    2. a miser; an extremely thrifty person.
  2. Archaic. a churl.
  3. Obsolete. a bondman.
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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]
noun
  1. a male given name, form of Charles.
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Historical Examples of carl

  • Perhaps Professor Carl Seigfried could give you some information on that point.

  • “Maybe it means having a mustache,” said Carl, with a slight flush.

    Almost A Man

    Mary Wood-Allen

  • “God,” answered Carl glibly, as if that must be the only orthodox answer.

    Almost A Man

    Mary Wood-Allen

  • There aint nowhere a better man than my man; and Carl Olsen, he knows that.

  • Carl Magnus had his Grehweiler palace costing 180,000 guelden.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel


British Dictionary definitions for carl

carl

carle

noun
  1. archaic another word for churl
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Word Origin for carl

Old English, from Old Norse karl
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Word Origin and History for carl

n.

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]
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Carl

masc. proper name, from Middle High German Karl "man, husband" (see carl).

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