churlish

[ chur-lish ]
/ ˈtʃɜr lɪʃ /

adjective

like a churl; boorish; rude: churlish behavior.
of a churl; peasantlike.
niggardly; mean.
difficult to work or deal with, as soil.

Nearby words

  1. churchyard,
  2. churchyard beetle,
  3. churidars,
  4. churinga,
  5. churl,
  6. churlishly,
  7. churn,
  8. churn drill,
  9. churn molding,
  10. churn out

Origin of churlish

before 1000; Middle English cherlish, Old English ceorlisc. See churl, -ish1

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British Dictionary definitions for churlish

churlish

/ (ˈtʃɜːlɪʃ) /

adjective

rude or surly
of or relating to peasants
miserly
Derived Formschurlishly, adverbchurlishness, noun

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Word Origin and History for churlish

churlish

adj.

late Old English cierlisc "of or pertaining to churls," from churl + -ish. Meaning "deliberately rude" is late 14c. Related: Churlishly; churlishness.

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