carline

or car·lin

[ kahr-lin, ker- ]
/ ˈkɑr lɪn, ˈkɛr- /
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noun Chiefly Scot.

an old woman.
a hag; witch.

Nearby words

  1. carleen,
  2. carlen's catheter,
  3. carleton,
  4. carleton, guy, 1st baron dorchester,
  5. carlin,
  6. carling,
  7. carlisle,
  8. carlist,
  9. carlists,
  10. carlita

Origin of carline

1350–1400; Middle English (north) kerling < Old Norse: old woman, equivalent to kerl (mutated variant of karl man) + -ing -ing1

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British Dictionary definitions for carlin

carlin

/ (ˈkɑːlɪn) /

noun

another name for pug 1

Word Origin for carlin

C18: named after a French actor who played Harlequin, because of the resemblance of the dog's face to the black mask of the Harlequin

carline

1
/ (ˈkɑːlɪn) /

noun

a Eurasian thistle-like plant, Carlina vulgaris, having spiny leaves and flower heads surrounded by raylike whitish bracts: family Asteraceae (composites)Also called: carline thistle

Word Origin for carline

C16: from French, probably from Latin cardō thistle

carline

2

carlin

/ (ˈkɑːlɪn) /

noun

mainly Scot an old woman, hag, or witch
a variant of carling

Word Origin for carline

C14: from Old Norse kerling old woman, diminutive of karl man, churl

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