or carle

[ kahrl ]
/ kɑrl /


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

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 forms

carl·ish, adjectivecarl·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for carle



/ (kɑːl) /


archaic another word for churl

Word Origin for carl

Old English, from Old Norse karl
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