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

Archaic. a churl.
Obsolete. a bondman.
(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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