courser

1
[ kawr-ser, kohr- ]
/ ˈkɔr sər, ˈkoʊr- /

noun

a person or thing that courses.
a dog for coursing.

Origin of courser

1
First recorded in 1585–95; course + -er1

Definition for courser (2 of 3)

courser

2
[ kawr-ser, kohr- ]
/ ˈkɔr sər, ˈkoʊr- /

noun Literary.

a swift horse.

Origin of courser

2
1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French coursier < Vulgar Latin *cursārius, equivalent to Latin curs(us) course + -ārius -ary; see -er2

Definition for courser (3 of 3)

courser

3
[ kawr-ser, kohr- ]
/ ˈkɔr sər, ˈkoʊr- /

noun

any of several swift-footed, ploverlike birds of the genera Cursorius and Pluvianus, chiefly of the desert regions of Asia and Africa.

Origin of courser

3
1760–70; irregular < New Latin cursōrius fitted for running, equivalent to Latin cur(rere) to run + -sōrius, for -tōrius -tory1; cf. course
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British Dictionary definitions for courser (1 of 3)

courser

1
/ (ˈkɔːsə) /

noun

a person who courses hounds or dogs, esp greyhounds
a hound or dog trained for coursing

British Dictionary definitions for courser (2 of 3)

courser

2
/ (ˈkɔːsə) /

noun

literary a swift horse; steed

Word Origin for courser

C13: from Old French coursier, from cours course

British Dictionary definitions for courser (3 of 3)

courser

3
/ (ˈkɔːsə) /

noun

a terrestrial plover-like shore bird, such as Cursorius cursor (cream-coloured courser), of the subfamily Cursoriinae of desert and semidesert regions of the Old World: family Glareolidae, order Charadriiformes

Word Origin for courser

C18: from Latin cursōrius suited for running, from cursus course
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