churlish

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From late Old English cierlisc (of or pertaining to churls), from churl +‎ -ish. Meaning "deliberately rude" is late 14c.

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churlish (comparative more churlish, superlative most churlish)

  1. of or pertaining to a serf, peasant, or rustic
    • 1996, Jeet Heer, Gravitas, Autumn 1996
      [...] the eloquence and truth of his tribute stands in marked contrast to Kramer's churlish caricature of Kael as a happy pig wallowing in the dirt.
  2. rude, surly, ungracious
  3. stingy or grudging
  4. (of soil) difficult to till, lacking pliancy; unmanageable
    • 1730–1774, Oliver Goldsmith, Introductory to Switzerland
      Where the bleak Swiss their stormy mansion tread,t
      And force a churlish soil for scanty bread.

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