- Obs. a peasant, bondman, or villein
- Now Chiefly Scot. an ill-bred fellow; churl
- Scot. a sturdy fellow
Origin of carlMiddle English and Old English carl from Old Norse karl, a man, churl
- A rude, rustic man; a churl.
Old English carl, from Old Norse karl (“man, husband”)
(third-person singular simple present carls, present participle carling, simple past and past participle carled)
- (obsolete) To snarl; to talk grumpily or gruffly.
- A male given name.