Kerl

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German kerl from older Middle Low German karl, cognate with Old High German karal, Proto-Germanic *karlaz. Akin to Dutch kerel, English churl, Old Norse and Danish karl.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kɛʁl/, [kɛʁl], [kɛɐ̯l]

Noun[edit]

Kerl m (genitive Kerls, plural Kerle or Kerls)

  1. fellow, guy, chap, bloke
  2. (obsolete) freeman

Usage notes[edit]

  • The normal plural is Kerle.
  • The plural Kerls is widely restricted to northern Germany, but is also standard. Compare a well-known former Prussian guard regiment called Die langen Kerls (“The tall fellows”).

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External links[edit]

  • Kerl in Duden online

Old Frisian[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Kerl

  1. Charles