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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Saturday 25th May 2019
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churlish (adjective) TCHERL-ish

Rude, ungracious, surly, intentionally manifesting a bad disposition or bad manners, boorish, niggardly.

My master is of churlish disposition.

William Shakespeare, As You Like it, Act II, Sc. IV. Amazon

As we were on the slave route, we found the people more churlish than usual.

David Livingstone, The Zambesi Expedition, Ch. 13. Amazon

Annoyed at the churlish rebuff, I turned my back and walked home.

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Yellow Face. Amazon

... it would seem churlish to pick at faults in this abridged, sweet-spirited revival.

Ben Brantley, The New York Times, 9 August 2006 New York Times

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