cur

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noun

a mongrel dog, especially a worthless or unfriendly one.
a mean, cowardly person.

Nearby words

  1. cupulate,
  2. cupule,
  3. cupuliform cataract,
  4. cupulogram,
  5. cupulometry,
  6. cur dog,
  7. cur.,
  8. cur. adv. vult,
  9. curable,
  10. curacao

Origin of cur

1175–1225; Middle English curre, apparently shortened from curdogge. See cur dog

Related formscur·like, adjective

cur.

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British Dictionary definitions for cur

cur

noun

any vicious dog, esp a mongrel
a despicable or cowardly person

Word Origin for cur

C13: shortened from kurdogge; probably related to Old Norse kurra to growl

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Word Origin and History for cur

cur

n.

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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