Definitions for: Churl


[n] a bad-tempered person
[n] a selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend
[n] a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement



Webster (1913) Definition: Churl, n. [AS. ceorl a freeman of the lowest rank, man,
husband; akin to D. karel, kerel, G. kerl, Dan. & Sw. karl,
Icel. karl, and to the E. proper name Charles (orig., man,
male), and perh. to Skr. j[=a]ra lover. Cf. Carl,
Charles's Wain.]
1. A rustic; a countryman or laborer. ``A peasant or churl.''
--Spenser.

Your rank is all reversed; let men of cloth Bow to
the stalwart churls in overalls. --Emerson.

2. A rough, surly, ill-bred man; a boor.

A churl's courtesy rarely comes, but either for gain
or falsehood. --Sir P.
Sidney.

3. A selfish miser; an illiberal person; a niggard.

Like to some rich churl hoarding up his pelf.
--Drayton.


Churl, a.
Churlish; rough; selfish. [Obs.] --Ford.

Synonyms: barbarian, boor, crank, crosspatch, Goth, grouch, grump, niggard, peasant, scrooge, skinflint, tike, tyke

See Also: crab, crabby person, disagreeable person, fire-eater, hoarder, hothead, misanthrope, misanthropist, pinchgut, unpleasant person

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