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. 2008.

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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 — 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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