Definition of churlish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃəːlɪʃ/


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.
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



Pronunciation: /ˈtʃəːlɪʃli/
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.’


Pronunciation: /ˈtʃəːlɪʃnəs/
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.


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

Words that rhyme with churlish


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Line breaks: churl|ish

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