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 for churl
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Churl \Churl\, a.
     Churlish; rough; selfish. [Obs.] --Ford.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Churl \Churl\, n. [AS. ceorl a freeman of the lowest rank, man,
     husband; akin to D. karel, kerel, G. kerl, Dan. & Sw. karl,
     Icel. karl, and to the E. proper name Charles (orig., man,
     male), and perh. to Skr. j[=a]ra lover. Cf. Carl,
     Charles's Wain.]
     1. A rustic; a countryman or laborer. "A peasant or churl."
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              Your rank is all reversed; let men of cloth
              Bow to the stalwart churls in overalls. --Emerson.
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     2. A rough, surly, ill-bred man; a boor.
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              A churl's courtesy rarely comes, but either for gain
              or falsehood.                         --Sir P.
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     3. A selfish miser; an illiberal person; a niggard.
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              Like to some rich churl hoarding up his pelf.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or
           refinement [syn: peasant, barbarian, boor, churl,
           Goth, tyke, tike]
      2: a selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend [syn:
         niggard, skinflint, scrooge, churl]
      3: a bad-tempered person [syn: grouch, grump, crank,
         churl, crosspatch]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  68 Moby Thesaurus words for "churl":
     Babbitt, Philistine, Silas Marner, arriviste, bondmaid, bondman,
     bondslave, bondsman, bondswoman, boor, bounder, bourgeois, cad,
     captive, chattel, chattel slave, clodhopper, clown, concubine,
     curmudgeon, debt slave, epicier, galley slave, groundling,
     guttersnipe, helot, homager, hooligan, ill-bred fellow, liege,
     liege man, liege subject, looby, lout, low fellow, miser, mucker,
     muckworm, niggard, nouveau riche, odalisque, parvenu, peasant,
     penny pincher, peon, pinchfist, pinchgut, ribald, rough, roughneck,
     rowdy, ruffian, save-all, scrooge, serf, servant, skinflint, slave,
     subject, theow, thrall, tightwad, upstart, vassal, villein,
     vulgarian, vulgarist, yokel

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     in Isa. 32:5 (R.V. marg., "crafty"), means a deceiver. In 1 Sam.
     25:3, the word churlish denotes a man that is coarse and
     ill-natured, or, as the word literally means, "hard." The same
     Greek word as used by the LXX. here is found in Matt. 25:24, and
     there is rendered "hard."

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