Adjective "churlish" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Rude in a mean-spirited and surly way.
  1. 'It seems churlish to quibble over the fact that there is no lamb.'
  2. 'The empirical basis of his work is sound and it would be churlish to complain of the absence of any overarching theory.'
  3. 'It would surely be churlish to deny that this was a start.'
  4. 'Being pampered, of course, is one of the main reasons why people book into luxury hotels, and it would be churlish to resent it.'
  5. 'But it would be somewhat churlish to focus too directly on the failures of the season.'
  6. 'But it seems rather churlish to criticise a president for lacking vision and then to ridicule him when he tries to be visionary.'
  7. 'As soon as we are persuaded that we are lucky to be alive, the thought of complaining about quality of life becomes churlish, ungrateful.'
  8. 'Once you turn 30, if you chase someone to repay the tenner you lent them, you look mean-spirited and churlish.'
  9. 'If I have any churlish feelings at all about this new production, it is a sense of envy: it doesn't seem fair for them to be paid to have so much fun.'
  10. 'I guess one should not be churlish about soft journalism; it does its bit to spread happiness and light.'


1. like a churl; boorish; rude: churlish behavior.

2. of a churl; peasantlike.

3. niggardly; mean.

4. difficult to work or deal with, as soil.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be churlish in faces."

"governments can be churlish of people."

"people can be churlish."

"attitudes can be churlish."

"uses can be churlish."

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Old English cierlisc, ceorlisc (see churl, -ish).