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currish

[kur-ish]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a cur.
  2. curlike; snarling; quarrelsome.
  3. contemptible; base.
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Origin of currish

First recorded in 1425–75, currish is from the late Middle English word kuresshe. See cur, -ish1
Related formscur·rish·ly, adverbcur·rish·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for currish

Historical Examples

  • It was a currish image, suggestive of the choicest satisfaction.

    Heart

    Martin Farquhar Tupper

  • Why should you stand between me and my rights in this currish way?

    Vice Versa

    F. Anstey

  • Then the currish way in which he took his licking added to the sport.

  • The last sort of dogs consisteth of the currish kind meet for many toys, of which the whappet or prick-eared cur is one.

    Elizabethan England

    William Harrison

  • Marry, she says your dog was a cur, and tells you currish thanks is good enough for such a present.

    Two Gentlemen of Verona

    William Shakespeare


British Dictionary definitions for currish

currish

adjective
  1. of or like a cur; rude or bad-tempered
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Derived Formscurrishly, adverbcurrishness, noun
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