or car·lin

[ kahr-lin, ker- ]
/ ˈkɑr lɪn, ˈkɛr- /

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for carline


/ (ˈkɑːlɪn) /


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


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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