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carle (plural carles)
- (chiefly Scotland) peasant; fellow
1820, Lord Byron, “Marino Faliero”, in The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4:
- Had he instead of on the Doge's throne Stamped the same brand upon a peasant's stool, His blood had gilt the threshold; for the carle Had stabbed him on the instant.
1885, Charles Kingsley, Daily Thoughts:
- Ye may fancy I'm talking like a sour, disappointed auld carle.
1913, William Morris, The Story of the Glittering Plain:
- Spake the sad and sorry carle: "We seek the Land where the days are many: so many that he who hath forgotten how to laugh, may learn the craft again, and forget the days of Sorrow."
- 1567 Arthur Golding; Ovid's Metamorphoses; Bk. 1 lines 622-3
- I am no sheephearde with a Curre, attending on the flockes:
- I am no Carle nor countrie Clowne, nor neathearde taking charge