- 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 curs
You will have to fly like curs before the whips of your own men.Strife (First Series Plays)
Now Heaven help a poor, deserted maid, who set her trust in curs!The Shame of Motley
Ask me to beat them off with a whip like a pack of curs, and I'll do it readily.The Trampling of the Lilies
"Collars, and curs to wear them," growled out Tony, under his breath.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
I keep my ambition in leash, and still and on they must be snapping like curs at Argile.John Splendid
- any vicious dog, esp a mongrel
- a despicable or cowardly person
Word Origin and History for curs
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."