Meaning of CARL in English


I. noun

or carle ˈkärl, -rəl

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English -carl, from Old Norse karl man, man of the common people; akin to Old English ceorl man, man of the common people — more at churl

1. : a man of the common people : worker , farmer , craftsman

2. now dialect : a base or lowbred fellow : churl , boor — used as a term of contempt

3. now Scotland : a niggardly man : pinchpenny

4. chiefly Scotland : fellow , lad

II. intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: probably from carl (I)

obsolete : to behave churlishly : snarl

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.