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[stoo r] /stʊər/
British Dialect.
  1. tumult; confusion.
  2. a storm.
British Dialect. blowing dust or a deposit of dust.
Archaic. armed combat; battle.
British Dialect. a time of tumult.
Origin of stour
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French estour battle < Germanic; akin to storm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The fair was called after the stour a stream lower down the river, and was held in a large cornfield near Barnwell.

    Cambridge Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • It is the dividing line between the basins of the Medway and the stour.

    The Old Road Hilaire Belloc
  • If this be so, Harry Fielding's first tutor at stour was of a figure eminently calculated to foster the comic genius of his pupil.

  • He's our leading antiquarian, and knows more about the stour Valley than any one else.

    Kathleen Christopher Morley
  • Across it, under narrow bridges, flow two branches of the little river stour.

    The Dover Road Charles G. Harper
  • Blandford St. Mary is the suburb on the west side of the stour.

    Wanderings in Wessex Edric Holmes
  • Sturminster is a small and ancient town on the eastern bank of the stour.

    Wanderings in Wessex Edric Holmes
  • Even the stour, whose valley it is compelled to follow, it regards from heights well above the river.

    The Old Road Hilaire Belloc
  • The Old Road thus turns a gradual corner, following the curve of the stour valley.

    The Old Road Hilaire Belloc
  • The stour rises in Lenham itself, but its course has at first no effect upon the landscape, so even is the plain below.

    The Old Road Hilaire Belloc
British Dictionary definitions for stour


noun (Scot & Northern English, dialect)
turmoil or conflict
dust; a cloud of dust
Word Origin
C14: from Old French estour armed combat, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German sturmstorm


Also called Great Stour. a river in S England, in Kent, rising in the Weald and flowing N to the North Sea: separates the Isle of Thanet from the mainland
any of several smaller rivers in England
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stour

c.1300, "armed conflict, struggle with adversity or pain," from Anglo-French estur, from Old French estour, from Proto-Germanic *sturmoz "storm" (see storm). Became obsolete, revived by Spenser and his followers in various senses; also surviving as a Scottish and Northern English word meaning "a (driving) storm" or "uproar, commotion."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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