Churlish vs Impertinent - What's the difference?

churlish | impertinent |

As adjectives the difference between churlish and impertinent

is that churlish is of or pertaining to a serf, peasant, or rustic while impertinent is insolent, ill-mannered.

As a noun impertinent is

an impertinent individual.




(en adjective)
  • of or pertaining to a serf, peasant, or rustic
  • * 1996 , Jeet Heer, Gravitas , Autumn 1996
  • [...] the eloquence and truth of his tribute stands in marked contrast to Kramer's churlish caricature of Kael as a happy pig wallowing in the dirt.
  • rude, surly, ungracious
  • stingy or grudging
  • (of soil) difficult to till, lacking pliancy; unmanageable
  • *1730–1774 , Oliver Goldsmith, Introductory to Switzerland
  • *:Where the bleak Swiss their stormy mansion tread,t
  • *:And force a churlish soil for scanty bread.
  • Synonyms

    * (of or pertaining to a serf) rustic * (rude or surly) cross-grained, rude, surly, ungracious * (stingy or grudging) grudging, illiberal, miserly, niggardly, stingy




    (en adjective)
  • insolent, ill-mannered
  • * Tillotson
  • things that are impertinent to us
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • How impertinent that grief was which served no end!
  • irrelevant (opposite of pertinent)
  • Usage notes

    Although, historically, definition 2 was the original (derived from the French below) usage; meaning gradually changed to definition 1. More recently general usage has come to, once again, incorporate definition 2. As many older speakers will consider definition 2 incorrect, avoiding the word altogether may be advisable. The construction "not pertinent" is one possible alternative.


    * See also


    (en noun)
  • An impertinent individual.
  • * (Maria Edgeworth)
  • comfortably recessed from curious impertinents