carl

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English carl, from Old English carl, a borrowing from Old Norse karl (man, husband), from Proto-Germanic *karilaz. Cognate with English churl.

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Noun[edit]

carl (plural carls)

  1. 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.

Etymology 2[edit]

Origin uncertain.

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Verb[edit]

carl (third-person singular simple present carls, present participle carling, simple past and past participle carled)

  1. (obsolete) To snarl; to talk grumpily or gruffly.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, 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 []

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse karl (Swedish karl (man)), from Proto-Germanic *karlaz. Cognate with Old High German karl, karal and related to Old English ċeorl.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

carl m

  1. a freeman, a man of middle rank or social class (in Norse and Anglo-Saxon society)