a mongrel dog, especially a worthless or unfriendly one.
a mean, cowardly person.

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

curlike, adjective

2. blackguard, cad, heel. 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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We have also a mute of hounds for a number, a litter of whelps, and a cowardice of curs.
The drop in plant sugars oc-curs sometime after sunset.
It is difficult for the principal brokers and the transferring broker to know the date when the transfer legally oc-curs.
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