- a mongrel dog, especially a worthless or unfriendly one.
- a mean, cowardly person.
Origin of cur
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Examples from the Web for cur
It is a fool's plan to teach a man to be a cur in peace, and think that he will be a lion in war.
"You were always a cur and a traitor, Mark Shaw," cried Aylward.
Had he not once picked up a cur on such a stormy night as this?His Masterpiece
In the village two people only, the cur and the garde champtre?The Fte At Coqueville
"That" was a kick that doubled the cur up against the settee.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- any vicious dog, esp a mongrel
- a despicable or cowardly person
Word Origin and History for cur
early 13c., curre, earlier kurdogge used of both vicious dogs and cowardly dogs, probably from Old Norse kurra or Middle Low German korren both echoic, both meaning "to growl." Cf. Swedish dialectal kurre, Middle Dutch corre "house dog."