stour

[stoo r]
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noun

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
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Examples from the Web for stour

Historical Examples of stour

  • It is the dividing line between the basins of the Medway and the Stour.

    The Old Road

    Hilaire Belloc

  • I have wandered through these Dedham fields by the banks of the Stour.

  • For we said that we would all die together if needs must; and verily the stour was hard.

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

    Kathleen

    Christopher Morley

  • The principal rivers are the Stour, the Frome, and the Piddle.


British Dictionary definitions for stour

stour

Scot stoor (stuːr)

noun Scot and Northern English dialect

turmoil or conflict
dust; a cloud of dust

Word Origin for stour

C14: from Old French estour armed combat, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German sturm storm

Stour

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for stour
n.

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."

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