American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, like, or befitting a churl; boorish or vulgar.
- adj. Having a bad disposition; surly: "as valiant as the lion, churlish as the bear” ( Shakespeare).
- adj. Difficult to work with, such as soil; intractable.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Like or pertaining to a churl. Rude; ill-bred; surly; austere; sullen; rough in temper; uncivil.
- Selfish; narrow-minded; avaricious; niggardly.
- Hence Of things, unpliant; unyielding; unmanageable.
- Synonyms Clownish, Loutish, etc. See boorish.
- adj. of or pertaining to a serf, peasant, or rustic
- adj. rude, surly, ungracious
- adj. stingy or grudging
- adj. of soil difficult to till, lacking pliancy; unmanageable.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Like a churl; rude; cross-grained; ungracious; surly; illiberal; niggardly.
- adj. Wanting pliancy; unmanageable; unyielding; not easily wrought.
- adj. having a bad disposition; surly.
- adj. rude and boorish
- From late Old English cierlisc ("of or pertaining to churls"), from churl + -ish. Meaning "deliberately rude" is late 14c. (Wiktionary)
“Far be it for me to remain churlish in the face of grace.”
“The regret has to do with a certain churlish reluctance to share the generally under-appreciated qualities of the lamb neck bone.”
“In using the word churlish to describe feminist behavior he doesn't like, this non-noble man who is admonishing Twisty, BitchPhD et al. is saying "be weaker," or "be less like men," or "be more like the wives and daughters of highly ranking men.”
“I love the word "churlish" - we need to use it more often!”
“Lennon and McCartney's decision not to put Harrison's "Not Guilty" on the White Album was not "churlish" - it was sensible, considering how dire it is.”
“I wouldn’t call it churlish (in fact, I had to look up the definition).”
“In gatherings of men, in social life and the interchange of words and deeds, some men are thought to be obsequious, viz. those who to give pleasure praise everything and never oppose, but think it their duty ‘to give no pain to the people they meet’; while those who, on the contrary, oppose everything and care not a whit about giving pain are called churlish and contentious.”
“In gatherings of men, in social life and the interchange of words and deeds, some men are thought to be obsequious, viz. those who to give pleasure praise everything and never oppose, but think it their duty 'to give no pain to the people they meet'; while those who, on the contrary, oppose everything and care not a whit about giving pain are called churlish and contentious.”
“David Cameron is 'churlish' when actually trying to comply with the Courts ruling whilst it was OK for Labour to not do anything?”
“The words that spring to mind for this week's coverage are 'churlish', 'bitter', 'unfair' and 'one-sided'.”
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A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
Words only (I left out the expressions) from Geza Kerenyi's EN-HU interpreters' dictionary. Most of them pose some difficulty when interpreted between HU and EN in either or both directions.
GRE words from Princeton Review guide, ETS GRE Book from 2010 (for revised test), New Yorker/NY Times articles.
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