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cur

[kur] /kɜr/
noun
1.
a mongrel dog, especially a worthless or unfriendly one.
2.
a mean, cowardly person.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English curre, apparently shortened from curdogge. See cur dog
Related forms
curlike, adjective
Synonyms
2. blackguard, cad, heel.
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British Dictionary definitions for curlike

cur

/kɜː/
noun
1.
any vicious dog, esp a mongrel
2.
a despicable or cowardly person
Word Origin
C13: shortened from kurdogge; probably related to Old Norse kurra to growl
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Word Origin and History for curlike

cur

n.

early 13c., curre, earlier kurdogge used of both vicious dogs and cowardly dogs, probably from Old Norse kurra or Middle Low German korren both echoic, both meaning "to growl." Cf. Swedish dialectal kurre, Middle Dutch corre "house dog."

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