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[kur-ish] /ˈkɜr ɪʃ/
of or relating to a cur.
curlike; snarling; quarrelsome.
contemptible; base.
Origin of currish
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English kuresshe. See cur, -ish1
Related forms
currishly, adverb
currishness, noun Unabridged
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  • "Of a dog; currish," is the definition which we get from Johnson,—quite correctly, and in accordance with its etymology.

    Thackeray Anthony Trollope
  • It was a currish image, suggestive of the choicest satisfaction.

    Heart Martin Farquhar Tupper
  • The simile, though a currish one, will hold good in its application to the human race.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • The last sort of dogs consisteth of the currish kind meet for many toys, of which the whappet or prick-eared cur is one.

    Elizabethan England William Harrison
  • Then the currish way in which he took his licking added to the sport.

    For Fortune and Glory Lewis Hough
  • Marry, she says your dog was a cur, and tells you currish thanks is good enough for such a present.

    Two Gentlemen of Verona William Shakespeare
  • Our ears are first assailed by a few shrill, currish barks at intervals, like the outpost firing of skirmishing parties.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • It is a currish thing to look upon death in battle or by hara-kiri as a pollution: this is a thing to bear in mind.

    Tales of Old Japan Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
  • At the manor-house steps he found at last sufficient grace to say: "It was a currish thing to do; will you forgive me, Ardea?"

    The Quickening Francis Lynde
  • The last sort of dogs consisteth of the currish kind met for manie toies: of which the whappet or prickeard curre is one.

British Dictionary definitions for currish


of or like a cur; rude or bad-tempered
Derived Forms
currishly, adverb
currishness, noun
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