- a strong, robust fellow, especially a strong manual laborer.
- a miser; an extremely thrifty person.
- Archaic. a churl.
- Obsolete. a bondman.
Origin of carl
Examples from the Web for carle
“The whole ticking-time-bomb thesis is … so cockamamie,” said Carle.
“Prosecutions will divide us and not make these excesses less likely,” said Carle.
These claims are absolutely false, according to former interrogators such as Carle and Kleinman.
I'll never have the man who's wanting the strick of carle hemp in the making of him!'Two Penniless Princesses
Charlotte M. Yonge
“That will be our supper to-night,” observed the carle, as he disengaged the spear.Erling the Bold
Then the carle said, “Another cup for the longer after youth!”The Story of the Glittering Plain
Said the carle: "We have come the shortest way this bitter morning; that is all."
Quoth the carle: "It is down in this ghyll that my master promised to abide me."
- archaic another word for churl
Word Origin and History for carle
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).