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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rude, rustic man; a churl.
  • v. To snarl; to talk grumpily or gruffly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rude, rustic man; a churl.
  • n. Large stalks of hemp which bear the seed; -- called also carl hemp.
  • n. A kind of food. See citation, below.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man; a robust, strong, or hardy man; a fellow.
  • n. A rustic; a boor; a clown; a churl.
  • n. Same as carl-hemp.
  • To act like a churl.


Old English carl, from Old Norse karl ("man, husband") (Wiktionary)
Origin uncertain. (Wiktionary)



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