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 Danish and Old Norse karl, English churl.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kɛʁl/, /kɛɐ̯l/

Noun[edit]

Kerl m (genitive Kerls, plural Kerle or Kerls)

  1. chap, guy, bloke
  2. churl

Usage notes[edit]

The plural Kerls is widely restricted to northern Germany, but is standard. Compare the former Prussian guard regiment called Die langen Kerls.

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Old Frisian[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Kerl

  1. Charles