What does churlish mean?

Definitions for churlish
ˈtʃɜr lɪʃchurl·ish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. churlishadjective

    rude and boorish

  2. churlishadjective

    having a bad disposition; surly

    "churlish as a bear"- Shakespeare


  1. churlishadjective

    of or pertaining to a serf, peasant, or rustic

  2. churlishadjective

    rude, surly, ungracious

  3. churlishadjective

    stingy or grudging

  4. churlishadjective

    difficult to till, lacking pliancy; unmanageable

  5. Etymology: From late cierlisc, from. Meaning "deliberately rude" is late 14c.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Churlishadjective

    Etymology: from churl.

    A sea of melting pearl, which some call tears,
    Those at her father’s churlish feet she tender’d. William Shakespeare.

    The interruption of their churlish drums
    Cuts off more circumstance: they are at hand
    To parly, or to fight. William Shakespeare, King John.

    A lion in love with a lass, desired her father’s consent. The answer was churlish enough, He’d never marry his daughter to a brute. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    He the pursuit of churlish beasts,
    Preferr’d to sleeping on her breasts. Edmund Waller.

    The man was churlish and evil in his doings. 1 Sa. xxv. 3.

    This sullen churlish thief,
    Had all his mind plac’d upon Mully’s beef. William King, M. of M.

    If there be emission of spirit, the body of the metal will be hard and churlish. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 326.

    The Cornish men were become, like metal often fired and quenched, churlish, and that would sooner break than bow. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    In the hundreds of Essex they have a very churlish blue clay. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    Will you again unknit
    This churlish knot of all abhorred war. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Spain found the war so churlish and longsome, as they found they should consume themselves in an endless war. Francis Bacon.

    Spreads a path clear as the day,
    Where no churlish rub says nay. Richard Crashaw.


  1. churlish

    Churlish refers to behavior or attitude that is rude, impolite, or lacking grace and sophistication. It can be used to describe someone who behaves in a surly or ill-bred manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Churlishadjective

    like a churl; rude; cross-grained; ungracious; surly; illiberal; niggardly

  2. Churlishadjective

    wanting pliancy; unmanageable; unyielding; not easily wrought; as, a churlish soil; the churlish and intractable nature of some minerals

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of churlish in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of churlish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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    a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset
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