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See also: Carl
carl (plural carls)
- A rude, rustic man; a churl.
- 1974, Guy Davenport, Tatlin!:
- In Lent noblemen and carls alike had got into the traces and pulled the carts of stone themselves.
- (Scotland, obsolete) A stingy person; a niggard.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To snarl; to talk grumpily or gruffly.
- 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970:, New York 2001, p.210:
- […] full of ache, sorrow, and grief, children again, dizzards, they carle many times as they sit, and talk to themselves, they are angry, waspish, displeased with everything […]