One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounNorthern English, Scottish
Dust forming a cloud or deposited in a mass.
- ‘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.
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