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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [churl]
    • /tʃɜrl/
    • /ʧɜːl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [churl]
    • /tʃɜrl/

Definitions of churl word

  • noun churl a surly ill-bred person 3
  • noun churl a farm labourer 3
  • abbreviation CHURL ceorl 3
  • noun churl a farm laborer; peasant 3
  • noun churl a surly, ill-bred person; boor 3
  • noun churl a selfish or mean person 3

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Origin of churl

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English cherl, Old English ceorl man, freeman; cognate with Dutch kerel, German Kerl; akin to carl

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churl popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for churl

noun churl

  • rustic — of, relating to, or living in the country, as distinguished from towns or cities; rural.
  • clodhopper — a clumsy person; lout
  • oaf — a clumsy, stupid person; lout.
  • tightwad — a close-fisted or stingy person.
  • beast — You can refer to an animal as a beast, especially if it is a large, dangerous, or unusual one.

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