- 1A rude and mean-spirited person: this trio are used whenever some churl wants to have a pop at progressive rockMore example sentences
- Fans of studio politics everywhere understand that while Harvey's a boor, Bob is merely churlish, and boors hardly ever stand down for churls.
- It is, in fact, an exceptionally charming story, and even hard-hearted churls will find themselves smiling with beatific indulgence by the end of it.
- Dalglish, throughout, behaved admirably and only churls later questioned his decision to quit Anfield.
- 1.1 • archaic A miser.More example sentences
- Is he a classless churl or an American standard bearer?
- When a few words will rescue misery out of her distress, I hate the man who can be a churl of them.
- 2 • archaic A peasant.More example sentences
- Not since the days when a churl suffered extravagant penalties for offending a Norman lord have we seen such disparities of treatment within our justice system.
- The good yeomen and thespians who put on the River City Shakespeare Festival are in need of a few knaves, churls, gentlemen and gentlewomen to volunteer as well.
- If I may, Lord, who is the churl you drag with you?
Old English ceorl, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch kerel and German Kerl 'fellow', also to carl.
More definitions of churlDefinition of churl in:
- The US English dictionary