a strong, robust fellow, especially a strong manual laborer.
a miser; an extremely thrifty person.

Archaic. a churl.
Obsolete. a bondman.
a male given name, form of Charles.
Contemporary Examples

But poor carl is still trudging along as if his assault never happened.
The Walking Dead’s ‘Slabtown’: The Real Source of Terror Isn’t Walkers, It’s Rape Melissa Leon November 2, 2014

In 1950 she married carl Brenner, with whom she had five more children.
From Hollywood Socialite to Catholic Missionary The Telegraph October 26, 2013

“I know the people around Nixon,” Kennedy told Washington Post reporter carl Bernstein.
How Kennedy Brought Down Nixon Chris Matthews September 12, 2009

After investor carl Icahn announced a stake in Apple, markets have gotten over their recent qualms about the tech giant.
Carl Icahn’s Tweets Send Apple Stock Above $500 William O’Connor August 13, 2013

After all, well-regarded Jewish senators like Dianne Feinstein and carl Levin have already praised Hagel.
President Obama Needs to Defend Chuck Hagel If He Is Nominated for Secretary of Defense Peter Beinart December 19, 2012

Historical Examples

carl could hear a rustling in the women’s end of the dressing-room tent.
The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis

He did the heavy work that really belonged to Hanks, so that carl might escape it.
Under Fire Frank A. Munsey

“Don’t invest it till you get it, carl,” interposed Matt dryly.
Motor Matt’s Red Flyer, or, On the High Gear Stanley R. Matthews

The next morning carl did not put in an appearance at the regular hour.
Under Fire Frank A. Munsey

“It’s the Indian,” whispered carl, as the form hurried into the darkness.
The Boy Scouts of the Air in Indian Land Gordon Stuart

(archaic) another word for churl

c.1300, “bondsman; common man, man of low birth,” from Old Norse karl “man, male, freeman,” from Proto-Germanic *karlon-, the same root that produced Old English ceorl “man of low degree” (see churl).

The Mellere was a stout carle for the nones [Chaucer]

masc. proper name, from Middle High German Karl “man, husband” (see carl).


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