• (British) IPA: /kɑːl/
  • (America) IPA: /kɑɹl̩/

carl (plural carls)

  1. A rude, rustic man; a churl.
  2. (Scotland, obsolete) A stingy person; a niggard.

carl (carls, present participle carling; past and past participle carled)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To snarl; to talk grumpily or gruffly.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗:
      , New York 2001, p.210:
      […] full of ache, sorrow, and grief, children again, dizzards, they carle many times as they sit, and talk to themselves, they are angry, waspish, displeased with everything […]

Proper noun
  1. A male given name.
    • 1882 Doctor Carl, in Frank Leslie's Pleasant Hours, F. Leslie Pub. Co., 1882, Volume 31, page 293:
      Of course you know that Carl Duruside, or 'Doctor Carl', as he is always called by almost anybody, is my husband's brother?
    • 1919 Lucy Maud Montgomery, Rainbow Valley, 1st World Publishing (2007), ISBN 142184298X, page 19:
      And Thomas Carlyle is nine. They call him Carl, and he has a regular mania for collecting toads and bugs and frogs and bringing them into the house.
    • 2004 David W. Scott, The Disillusioned: A Story of Our Times, Fraser Books, ISBN 0958233284, page 204:
      I'd weave through the throng — scanning for empties to return while flirting, sniffing out kids smoking grass and sharing smokes with Ivor and Carl on the door. With a name like Carl you can imagine a six-foot tall and wide bouncer, but Ivor...
  • Russian: Карл

carl (plural carls)

  1. (informal) A student at Carleton College, Minnesota.
    • 2005, Adam Zang, Jendrey Julie, Chris Mason, Carleton College
      Located in rural Minnesota, Carleton is not surrounded by any cultural diversity unless you count pig farms and cow farms as separately diverse institutions. The nice thing about Carleton is that Carls are pretty much non-judgmental […]

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