One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounScottish, Northern English
Dust forming a cloud or deposited in a mass.‘demolition stour clung thickly to the walls’
- ‘We buy a crumbling house, invite half a dozen builders in to demolish its interior walls - then grumble about the stour, the noise and the unsightly skip in the garden.’
- ‘The architect, thought long and hard about the look of his upturned boats but evidently did not realise that the stoor created by construction work would trigger the fire alarms.’
- ‘A strategically-placed napkin saves my cassoulet from the stour as it falls to earth.’
Late Middle English: of uncertain origin.
1A river of southern England which rises in west Wiltshire and flows south-east to meet the English Channel east of Bournemouth.
2A river of eastern England which rises south-east of Cambridge and flows south-eastwards to the North Sea.
3A river of central England which rises west of Wolverhampton and flows south-westwards through Stourbridge and Kidderminster to meet the Severn at Stourport-on-Severn.
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