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EtymologyEdit

From Middle Low German kerl, from Proto-Germanic *karilaz, cognate with Old High German karal, from Proto-Germanic *karlaz, a variant of *karilaz. Akin to Dutch kerel, English churl, Old Norse and Danish karl.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /kɛʁl/, [kɛʁl], [kɛɐ̯l]
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NounEdit

Kerl m (genitive Kerls, plural Kerle or Kerls, diminutive Kerlchen n)

  1. fellow, guy, chap, bloke
  2. (obsolete) freeman

Usage notesEdit

  • The normal plural is Kerle.
  • The plural Kerls is widely restricted to northern Germany. Compare a well-known former Prussian guard regiment called Lange Kerls (“tall fellows”).

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Further readingEdit

  • Kerl in Duden online

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PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

Kerl m (plural Kerle)

  1. fellow, guy, chap, bloke, man
    Wer is dart där Kerl?
    Who is that guy?
    • 1874, Peter Joseph Rottmann, Gedichte in Hunsrücker Mundart, p. 3:
      Wer sall meich dann bei die Spielleit fehre, / Wann eich naunder meine Kerl verleere? / Geh, eich wullt, datt Deich der Deiwel hätt!

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Proper nounEdit

Kerl

  1. Charles