- an old woman.
- a hag; witch.
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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Examples from the Web for carline
“Go on, Carline Dodge,” ordered the tall ghost imperturbably.Betty Wales Senior
Then smiled the carline and said: “Yea, he is thy foster-father, and yet a fond one.”The House of the Wolfings
Now there were the Maiden and the Carline at their house, and nought easy was the rede for them.
The other men laughed, but the Carline answered them nought.
But lo, now the Maiden, when she looked about for the Carline, might see her nowhere.
- 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
C16: from French, probably from Latin cardō thistle
- mainly Scot an old woman, hag, or witch
- a variant of carling
C14: from Old Norse kerling old woman, diminutive of karl man, churl
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