Definitions

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  • n. A churl; a curmudgeon; boor; lout.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A churl; a curmudgeon.

Etymologies

From Middle English gnof ("a miser, churl, lout"), of unknown origin. Cognate with Scots gnaff ("any small or stunted object"). Compare Eastern Frisian knufe ("lump"), Eastern Frisian gnuffig ("thick, rough, coarse, ill-mannered"). (Wiktionary)

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  • OED: 'A churl, boor, lout.' Sadly obsolete, though it certainly looks the part.

    October 5, 2008