Definition of churlish in English:

churlish

Line breaks: churl|ish
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃəːlɪʃ
 
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adjective

Rude in a mean-spirited and surly way: it seems churlish to complain
More example sentences
  • Kids today are rude, surly and churlish - but not ours any more.
  • Once you turn 30, if you chase someone to repay the tenner you lent them, you look mean-spirited and churlish.
  • The empirical basis of his work is sound and it would be churlish to complain of the absence of any overarching theory.
Synonyms
rude, ill-mannered, discourteous, impolite, ungracious, unmannerly, uncivil, ungentlemanly, ungallant, unchivalrous; ill-bred, boorish, oafish, loutish; mean-spirited, ill-tempered, unkind, inconsiderate, uncharitable; ill-humoured, surly, sullen
informal ignorant

Origin

Old English cierlisc, ceorlisc (see churl, -ish1).

Derivatives

churlishly

adverb
More example sentences
  • With a few heartwarming exceptions, these workers are churlishly protective of their narrow self-interest.
  • The King, although granting Chardin a pension, churlishly bundled Chardin's pictures, which now grace the walls of the Louvre, into a cupboard at Versailles.
  • Houllier lamented, somewhat churlishly: ‘Referees get you the sack in this game, not players.’

churlishness

noun
More example sentences
  • Rory's churlishness doesn't keep his family from rushing to his hospital bedside, however.
  • As a professor, it would be the height of churlishness to complain about such industrious habits.
  • This dispelled my churlishness and the rest of the route through the grounds and lovely farmland was much enjoyed.

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