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churlish (adj) rude; bad-tempered.
A churlish person is rude. They are ill-mannered, impolite, and bad-tempered. Their behavior hurts others. They are unpleasant and make the unpleasantness remembered for a long time.
- Jan's rejection of the offer of the help by Cogan removed the last doubt in me about his churlishness. I knew him to be rude and bad-tempered and all that, but I never thought he could be rude to this extent.
- Green's churlish treatment of his wife, Virginia, left her with no option but to seek a divorce from him. She could no longer tolerate his rough treatment of her, and his bad temper.