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[kur] /kɜr/
a mongrel dog, especially a worthless or unfriendly one.
a mean, cowardly person.
Origin of cur
1175-1225; Middle English curre, apparently shortened from curdogge. See cur dog
Related forms
curlike, adjective
2. blackguard, cad, heel.


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Examples from the Web for cur
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  • I ought to have let you choose, but if you'd chosen wrong I should have felt such a cur.

    The Second Fiddle Phyllis Bottome
  • "You cur, you libelled her," he hissed at his brother, and cursed him bitterly.

    The Rhodesian Gertrude Page
  • There is no cur in the De Artigny strain, and I fight my own battles.

    Beyond the Frontier Randall Parrish
  • As the cur says, we could have lain on the grass sunning ourselves all day long.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • The pedlar, who was by no means pleased with this outrage against his cur, now interfered.

    Flora Lyndsay Susan Moodie
  • I'm mighty glad we happened just in time, for it's a cur'us spectacle.

    A Little Country Girl Susan Coolidge
  • The Raven died because he asked too many questions an' was too cur'ous.

    How The Raven Died Alfred Henry Lewis
  • "Here, Jim—here's a cur'osity for you," said Silver, and he tossed me the paper.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • A cur dog, as a rule, can drive the largest wolf on the plains.

  • It's only the cur that sneaks up and bites you when your back's turned.

British Dictionary definitions for cur


any vicious dog, esp a mongrel
a despicable or cowardly person
Word Origin
C13: shortened from kurdogge; probably related to Old Norse kurra to growl
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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."

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