1175–1225; Middle English curre, apparently shortened from curdogge. See cur dog

curlike, adjective

2. blackguard, cad, heel. Unabridged

cur. Unabridged
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cur (kɜː)
1.  any vicious dog, esp a mongrel
2.  a despicable or cowardly person
[C13: shortened from kurdogge; probably related to Old Norse kurra to growl]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., curre, earlier kurdogge, probably from O.N. kurra or M.L.G. korren both echoic, both meaning "to growl."
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. currency

  2. current

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Example sentences
Yet you'll never doubt that this overgrown pixie is about as trustworthy as a rabid cur.
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