carl

[kahrl]
noun
1.
Scot.
a.
a strong, robust fellow, especially a strong manual laborer.
b.
a miser; an extremely thrifty person.
2.
Archaic. a churl.
3.
Obsolete. a bondman.
Also, carle.


Origin:
before 1000 (in compounds; see housecarl); Middle English; Old English -carl < Old Norse karl man; cognate with Old High German karl; akin to churl

carlish, adjective
carlishness, noun
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Carl

[kahrl]
noun
a male given name, form of Charles.
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carl or carle (kɑːl)
 
n
archaic another word for churl
 
[Old English, from Old Norse karl]
 
carle or carle
 
n
 
[Old English, from Old Norse karl]

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carl
c.1300, from O.N. karl "man, male, freeman," from P.Gmc. *karlon-, the same root that produced O.E. ceorl (see churl).
"The Mellere was a stout carle for the nones" [Chaucer]
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Example sentences
Carl was waiting there to catch whatever it was flying out the window.
Carl also reported that this was another thing he was familiar with.
A carl is a commoner, a husband or in a derogatory sense, a churl or male of low birth.
Carl made an accession speech, which comprised the main purpose of the undertaking.
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