Churlish vs Impertinent - What's the difference?
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.
of or pertaining to a serf, peasant, or rustic
* 1996 , Jeet Heer, Gravitas , Autumn 1996
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.
- [...] 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.
* (of or pertaining to a serf) rustic
* (rude or surly) cross-grained, rude, surly, ungracious
* (stingy or grudging) grudging, illiberal, miserly, niggardly, stingy
* Jeremy Taylor
- things that are impertinent to us
irrelevant (opposite of pertinent)
- How impertinent that grief was which served no end!
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
An impertinent individual.
* (Maria Edgeworth)
- comfortably recessed from curious impertinents