One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An aggressive or unkempt dog, especially a mongrel.
cross-breed, cross, mixed breed, half-breed, hybridView synonyms
- ‘The dog leaped away without a sound; the man, raising his voice a little, said with a slow laugh, ‘Look at that wretched cur,’ and directly afterwards we became separated by a lot of people pushing in.’
- ‘The weasel on the front is a nice touch, but a mangy cur would have been a better image.’
- ‘The smell of raw meat filled the air, bringing all the street curs to her.’
- ‘The crew snarled like roused curs, and some made as if to stand, hands clasping the hilts of cutlasses and swords, daggers and stilettos.’
- ‘So, sound the trumpets, unleash the curs, and announce that we've got the hydra headed beast cornered in hills!’
- ‘A bloodied, slimy ball of a pig, mistakenly corralled amidst the curs, dislodged itself from the slaughter, squealing and stinking, and made straight for the sketch artist.’
- ‘Just as the evening shades were drawing on the landlady observed a cur dog, belonging to a well known cattle jobber and farmer, emerge from the kitchen quarters bearing something in its jaws.’
- ‘As you poke the dog, it becomes more and more likely that the cur will attack you - at which point you'll have to shoot it.’
- ‘The non-dog-owning public would soon appreciate a world free of the wretched curs and their faeces.’
- ‘A little man with splendid white hair imitated a cur baying at the moon.’
- ‘Every dog in office is obeyed with such unquestioning meekness, that every dog in office is tempted to become a cur.’
- ‘They nuzzled the bloody bodies, pressed their faces against the curs ' short-haired skulls, exhaling remonstrances and reassurances into the ruined ears.’
- ‘On February 26, 1874, Welch illustrated that evening's theme, ‘Sunshine and Shadow,’ with a depiction of a skeletal cur looking with envy at two well-fed dogs in a kennel.’
- ‘Malcolm still plans to take her on summer searches, however, along with his new rescue dog, a little Lakeland collie cur, Spindrift.’
- ‘I bounded between them and their prey, scattering them as a tiger cowing curs.’
- ‘The coyote-dog barked viciously at Jack, and it was all he could do not to unleash his full fury on the cur.’
- 1.1informal A contemptible man.
scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doerView synonyms
- ‘Jade the Heartless showed no mercy to any cur of a man who dared to cross her path.’
- ‘Sir Stephen may have been an egocentric cur, but he, at least, was noble!’
- ‘And our spy is in position, waiting for the inevitable arrival of the little cur.’
- ‘Yes, unfortunately I do recognize you, and the only change I can see is your growth into a more pathetic and loathsome man than the cur I knew before this trip.’
- ‘In Essays on Mexican Art, he questions whether someone could be both a great artist and ‘a despicable cur.’’
- ‘Even if he doesn't die in war, which is no doubt God's plan for the corrupt cur, and if he doesn't run away with a Yankee brat as I predict, you shan't see him.’
- ‘Yet this whipped cur slunk into the chamber to vote for abolition of the livelihoods of rural workers, on four-figure incomes, while himself enjoying a pension of £34,000 for just 13 months in office.’
- ‘It's just a shame that those truly responsible for slaughter hide behind the innocents - like the cowardly curs they truly are.’
- ‘After all, many a time I have seen these farming curs casting lustful glances at my lovely wife.’
- ‘When she tells Alfonso that Eric is on board and cannot step on Bucca, he starts calling the men to retrieve the Avalonian cur from the Lucky Dog to be arrested for stealing from the Counsel!’
- ‘Am I such a cur to say such mean things to you and Henri?’
- ‘The Court of Appeal agreed with the trial judge that the language used by the farmer in the two conversations, which included calling the farm hand a liar and a bastard and a cur, justified the farm hand in leaving.’
- ‘They have forfeited the game and are returning to their homes to lick their wounds like the pathetic curs they are!’
- ‘‘Our boys are fighting and dying for the infernal curs and traitors inside,’ one speaker cried.’
- ‘A concubine, a low cur, a cheat and a fraud would be decent things by comparison with being called a liar.’
Middle English (in the general sense ‘dog’): probably originally in cur-dog, perhaps from Old Norse kurr ‘grumbling’.
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