[ churl ]
/ tʃɜrl /


a rude, boorish, or surly person.
a peasant; rustic.
a niggard; miser: He was a churl in his affections.
English History. a freeman of the lowest rank.


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Origin of churl

before 900; Middle English cherl, Old English ceorl man, freeman; cognate with Dutch kerel, German Kerl; akin to carl Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for churl

/ (tʃɜːl) /


a surly ill-bred person
archaic a farm labourer
a variant spelling of ceorl

Word Origin for churl

Old English ceorl; related to Old Norse karl, Middle Low German kerle, Greek gerōn old man
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