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churlish (4 formerly said also of soil and metal)
1. rude, rough, brutal AYL. V. iv. 81 “the ‘reply churlish,’” Ham. V. i. 262 “churlish priest,” Ven. 134.
2. (of beasts, natural objects or agencies) rough, violent, ‘unkind’ AYL. II. i. 7 “the . . . chiding of the winter's wind” (cf. 2H4 I. iii. 62 “ winter” ), H5 IV. i. 15 “a churlish turf,” Troil. I. ii. 21.
3. niggardly, miserly AYL. II. iv. 81; sparing of praise John II. i. 519.
4. stiff, hard 1H4 V. i. 16 “unknit This churlish knot.”
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    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 5.1
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