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carle (plural carles)

  1. (chiefly Scotland) peasant; fellow
    • 1820, Lord Byron, “Marino Faliero”, in The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4[1]:
      Had he instead of on the Doge's throne Stamped the same brand upon a peasant's stool, His blood had gilt the threshold; for the carle Had stabbed him on the instant.
    • 1885, Charles Kingsley, Daily Thoughts[2]:
      Ye may fancy I'm talking like a sour, disappointed auld carle.
    • 1913, William Morris, The Story of the Glittering Plain[3]:
      Spake the sad and sorry carle: "We seek the Land where the days are many: so many that he who hath forgotten how to laugh, may learn the craft again, and forget the days of Sorrow."
    • 1567 Arthur Golding; Ovid's Metamorphoses; Bk. 1 lines 622-3
      I am no sheephearde with a Curre, attending on the flockes:
      I am no Carle nor countrie Clowne, nor neathearde taking charge