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Meaning of CHURL

Pronunciation:  churl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a bad-tempered person
  2. [n]  a selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend
  3. [n]  a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement

CHURL is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.''
             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.
    3. A selfish miser; an illiberal person; a niggard.
             Like to some rich churl hoarding up his pelf.
  2. \Churl\, a.
    Churlish; rough; selfish. [Obs.] --Ford.
Easton Bible Dictionary

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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