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churl


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Churl  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Churl  \Churl\,  a. 
  Churlish;  rough;  selfish.  [Obs.]  --Ford. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  churl 
  n  1:  a  crude  uncouth  ill-bred  person  lacking  culture  or 
  refinement  [syn:  {peasant},  {barbarian},  {boor},  {Goth}, 
  {tyke},  {tike}] 
  2:  a  selfish  person  who  is  unwilling  to  give  or  spend  [syn:  {niggard}, 
  {skinflint},  {scrooge},  {grabber}] 
  3:  a  bad-tempered  person  [syn:  {grouch},  {grump},  {crank},  {crosspatch}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Churl 
  in  Isa.  32:5  (R.V.  marg.,  "crafty"),  means  a  deceiver.  In  1  Sam. 
  25:3,  the  word  churlish  denotes  a  man  that  is  coarse  and 
  ill-natured,  or  as  the  word  literally  means  "hard."  The  same 
  Greek  word  as  used  by  the  LXX.  here  is  found  in  Matt.  25:24,  and 
  there  is  rendered  "hard." 
 




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