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Churl, n. Also: churll, churle. [ME. churl(e, chorle, cherl(e, OE. ceorl. In Sc. chiefly in verse.] A churl; a rustic, rude, or miserly fellow. Also attrib. 14.. Acts I. 23/2.
Gif a churl ututh burgh wonnande hafe ony borowagis in burgh
Gif that churl burges challangis a burges wonnande wythin burgh
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1735.
Se ȝe ȝone churll [v.r. churle] … beȝond ȝone pleuch?
Ib. 1738, etc. Id. Test. Cress. 261.
On hir breist ane churle paintit full euin
c1475 Wall. ii. 29.
A churll thai had, that felloune byrdyngis bar
a1500 Prestis of Peblis 314.
Thair manheid and thair mense this gait thay murle, For mariage thus vnyte of ane churle
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 309/6.
Of Sem come fre men … , of Cam churllis and foull pepill
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 55.
Out of the chenȝeis of ane churle I chaip suld for euir
Ib. 293. 1513 Doug. viii. Prol. 126.
Quod I, Churle, ga chat the, and chyde with ane other
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 586.
As sall all wrachit churlis layf thair geir
a1570-86 Clapperton Maitl. F. lxxix. 17.
Thus am I bundin out of blis On to ane churle sayis I am his

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