Definition of stour in US English:


(also stoor)


Scottish, Northern English
  • Dust forming a cloud or deposited in a mass.

    • ‘A strategically-placed napkin saves my cassoulet from the stour as it falls to earth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


Late Middle English: of uncertain origin.