|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
In Isaiah 32:5 (R.V. marg., "crafty"), means a deceiver. In 1 Samuel 25:3, the word churlish denotes a man that is coarse and ill-natured, or, as the word literally means, "hard." The same Greek word as used by the LXX. here is found in Matthew 25:24, and there is rendered "hard."
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (n.) A rustic; a countryman or laborer.
2. (n.) A rough, surly, ill-bred man; a boor.
3. (n.) A selfish miser; an illiberal person; a niggard.
4. (a.) Churlish; rough; selfish.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
churl (kilay or kelay): The Hebrew word occurs only in Isaiah 32:5, 7, in the latter verse in a form slightly modified so as to produce a pleasing assonance with the word immediately following. The word probably means "crafty" or "miserly," both ideas being suitable to the context, though "miserly" accords with the setting in Isaiah somewhat better.
In 1 Samuel 25:3 the Hebrew qasheh which means "hard," "severe," "rough," is rendered "churlish." In Saxon, churl, as the name for the lowest order of freemen, came to be used of persons boorish in manner. The rough and ill-mannered Nabal is aptly described as churlish.
John Richard Sampey
Churl (6 Occurrences)
2 Samuel 3:33 And the king lamented for Abner, and said, Should Abner die as a fool dieth? (See JPS)
Proverbs 17:7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool; Much less do lying lips a prince. (See JPS)
Proverbs 17:21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow; And the father of a fool hath no joy. (See JPS)
Proverbs 30:22 Under a servant when he reigneth, and a churl when he is filled with meat; (DBY JPS)
Isaiah 32:5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)
Isaiah 32:7 The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)