One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A peasant or man of low birth.bumpkin, country bumpkin, country cousin, rustic, countryman, countrywoman, country dweller, daughter of the soil, son of the soil, peasant, provincial, oaf, lout, boor, barbarianView synonyms
Old English (denoting a peasant or villein): from Old Norse karl ‘man, freeman’, of Germanic origin; related to churl.
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