from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of or pertaining to a serf, peasant, or rustic
- adj. rude, surly, ungracious
- adj. stingy or grudging
- adj. difficult to till, lacking pliancy; unmanageable
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Like a churl; rude; cross-grained; ungracious; surly; illiberal; niggardly.
- adj. Wanting pliancy; unmanageable; unyielding; not easily wrought.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having a bad disposition; surly
- adj. rude and boorish
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'.