from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, like, or befitting a churl; boorish or vulgar.
- adj. Having a bad disposition; surly: "as valiant as the lion, churlish as the bear” ( Shakespeare).
- adj. Difficult to work with, such as soil; intractable.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of or pertaining to a serf, peasant, or rustic
- adj. rude, surly, ungracious
- adj. stingy or grudging
- adj. difficult to till, lacking pliancy; unmanageable
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Like a churl; rude; cross-grained; ungracious; surly; illiberal; niggardly.
- adj. Wanting pliancy; unmanageable; unyielding; not easily wrought.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Like or pertaining to a churl. Rude; ill-bred; surly; austere; sullen; rough in temper; uncivil.
- Selfish; narrow-minded; avaricious; niggardly.
- Hence Of things, unpliant; unyielding; unmanageable.
- Synonyms Clownish, Loutish, etc. See boorish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having a bad disposition; surly
- adj. rude and boorish
From late Old English cierlisc ("of or pertaining to churls"), from churl + -ish. Meaning "deliberately rude" is late 14c. (Wiktionary)