adjective Date: before 12th century 1. of, resembling, or characteristic of a churl ; vulgar 2. marked by a lack of civility or graciousness ; surly 3. difficult to work with or deal with ; intractable <
churlish soil
Synonyms: see boorishchurlishly adverbchurlishness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Churlish — Churl ish, a. 1. Like a churl; rude; cross grained; ungracious; surly; illiberal; niggardly. Churlish benefits. Ld. Burleigh. [1913 Webster] Half mankind maintain a churlish strife. Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. Wanting pliancy; unmanageable;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • churlish — index brutal, caitiff, disorderly, fractious, illiberal, impertinent (insolent), inelegant, malevolent …   Law dictionary

  • churlish — late O.E. cierlisc of or pertaining to churls, from CHURL (Cf. churl) + ISH (Cf. ish). Meaning deliberately rude is late 14c …   Etymology dictionary

  • churlish — boorish, loutish, clownish (see under BOOR) Analogous words: ungracious, ill mannered, discourteous, *rude, uncivil, impolite: curt, blunt, brusque, gruff, crusty (see BLUFF): surly, dour (see SULLEN) Antonyms: courtly Contrasted words: *civil,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • churlish — [adj] crude, boorish base, blunt, brusque, cantankerous*, cloddish, clodhopping*, crabbed, crude, crusty, curt, cussed*, discourteous, dour, grouchy, gruff, grumpy, harsh, ill tempered, impolite, loutish, lowbred, mean, miserly, morose, oafish,… …   New thesaurus

  • churlish — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ rude, mean spirited, and surly. DERIVATIVES churlishly adverb churlishness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • churlish — [chʉr′lish] adj. 1. of a churl or churls; rustic 2. like a churl; surly; boorish 3. stingy or mean 4. Now Rare hard to work or manage churlishly adv. churlishness n …   English World dictionary

  • churlish — adj. churlish to + inf. (it would be churlish to offer such petty criticism) * * * [ tʃɜːlɪʃ] churlish to + inf. (it would be churlish to offer such petty criticism) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • churlish — [[t]tʃɜ͟ː(r)lɪʃ[/t]] ADJ GRADED: oft it v link ADJ to inf (disapproval) Someone who is churlish is unfriendly, bad tempered, or impolite. She would think him churlish if he refused... The room was so lovely it seemed churlish to argue …   English dictionary

  • churlish — churl|ish [ tʃɜrlıʃ ] adjective impolite and unfriendly, especially toward someone who does not deserve to be treated in this way: churlish behavior It seemed churlish to refuse …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • churlish — UK [ˈtʃɜː(r)lɪʃ] / US [ˈtʃɜrlɪʃ] adjective impolite and unfriendly, especially towards someone who does not deserve to be treated in this way churlish behaviour It seemed churlish to refuse …   English dictionary

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