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, hybriddog, hound, canine, tykeView synonyms
- ‘The coyote-dog barked viciously at Jack, and it was all he could do not to unleash his full fury on the cur.’
- ‘The crew snarled like roused curs, and some made as if to stand, hands clasping the hilts of cutlasses and swords, daggers and stilettos.’
- ‘Every dog in office is obeyed with such unquestioning meekness, that every dog in office is tempted to become a cur.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The smell of raw meat filled the air, bringing all the street curs to her.’
- ‘A little man with splendid white hair imitated a cur baying at the moon.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘So, sound the trumpets, unleash the curs, and announce that we've got the hydra headed beast cornered in hills!’
- ‘Malcolm still plans to take her on summer searches, however, along with his new rescue dog, a little Lakeland collie cur, Spindrift.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I bounded between them and their prey, scattering them as a tiger cowing curs.’
- ‘The non-dog-owning public would soon appreciate a world free of the wretched curs and their faeces.’
- ‘The weasel on the front is a nice touch, but a mangy cur would have been a better image.’
- ‘They nuzzled the bloody bodies, pressed their faces against the curs ' short-haired skulls, exhaling remonstrances and reassurances into the ruined ears.’
- 1.1informal A contemptible man.
scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doerrogue, rascal, scoundrel, good-for-nothing, reprobate, unprincipled personView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Jade the Heartless showed no mercy to any cur of a man who dared to cross her path.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It's just a shame that those truly responsible for slaughter hide behind the innocents - like the cowardly curs they truly are.’
- ‘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!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Am I such a cur to say such mean things to you and Henri?’
- ‘They have forfeited the game and are returning to their homes to lick their wounds like the pathetic curs they are!’
- ‘After all, many a time I have seen these farming curs casting lustful glances at my lovely wife.’
- ‘A concubine, a low cur, a cheat and a fraud would be decent things by comparison with being called a liar.’
- ‘Sir Stephen may have been an egocentric cur, but he, at least, was noble!’
- ‘‘Our boys are fighting and dying for the infernal curs and traitors inside,’ one speaker cried.’
- ‘And our spy is in position, waiting for the inevitable arrival of the little cur.’
- ‘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.’
Middle English (in the general sense ‘dog’): probably originally in cur-dog, perhaps from Old Norse kurr ‘grumbling’.
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