cur
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: [kɜː]
  • (America) IPA: [kɝ]
Noun

cur (plural curs)

  1. (dated or humorous) A contemptible or inferior dog.
    • 1613, Shakespeare, The Famous History of the Life of King Henry VIII, Act 2, scene 4
      "you have many enemies, that know not why they are so, but, like to village-curs, bark when their fellows do."
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 25
      "You have no more spirit than a mongrel cur. You lie down on the ground and ask people to trample on you."
  2. (dated or humorous) A detestable person.
    • 1613, Shakespeare, The Famous History of the Life of King Henry VIII, Act 1, scene 1
      This butcher's cur is venom-mouth'd, and I have not the power to muzzle him.
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