Origin of churl
Examples from the Web for churl
"Let me get something for myself," he says, like the churl in Theocritus.
The difference between the knight and the churl still subsists, and both may sometimes be found in all social strata.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
Oh, yes; but Time is not such a churl as to bid you away before I have had even a look at you.A Romance of Toronto|Annie Gregg Savigny
If he knew how to break a lance but not how to win a lady he was less a knight than a churl.
Yet there was that about Havelok that puzzled him, for his ways were not those of a churl, and he spoke as a freeman should speak.Havelok The Dane|Charles Whistler
British Dictionary definitions for churl
Word Origin for churl
Word Origin and History for churl
Old English ceorl "peasant, freeman, man without rank," from Proto-Germanic *kerlaz, *karlaz (cf. Old Frisian zerl "man, fellow," Middle Low German kerle, Dutch kerel "freeman of low degree," German Kerl "man, husband," Old Norse karl "old man, man").
It had various meaning in early Middle English, including "man of the common people," "a country man," "husbandman," "free peasant;" by 1300, it meant "bondman, villain," also "fellow of low birth or rude manners." For words for "common man" that acquire an insulting flavor over time, compare boor, villain. In this case, however, the same word also has come to mean "king" in many languages (e.g. Lithuanian karalius, Czech kral, Polish krol) via Charlemagne.