churl

[ churl ]
/ tʃɜrl /

noun

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

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Origin of churl

First recorded before 900; Middle English cherl, Old English ceorl “male human being, man, freeman (of the lowest class)”; cognate with Dutch kerel, German Kerl “guy, fellow, chap”; akin to carl
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British Dictionary definitions for churl

churl
/ (tʃɜːl) /

noun

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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