stour

stour

[stoor]
noun
1.
British Dialect.
a.
tumult; confusion.
b.
a storm.
2.
British Dialect. blowing dust or a deposit of dust.
3.
Archaic. armed combat; battle.
4.
British Dialect. a time of tumult.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Old French estour battle < Germanic; akin to storm

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stour or (Scot) stoor (staʊə, stuːr)
 
n
1.  turmoil or conflict
2.  dust; a cloud of dust
 
[C14: from Old French estour armed combat, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German sturmstorm]
 
stoor or (Scot) stoor
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French estour armed combat, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German sturmstorm]

Stour (staʊə)
 
n
1.  Also called: Great Stour a river in S England, in Kent, rising in the Weald and flowing N to the North Sea: separates the Isle of Thanet from the mainland
2.  any of several smaller rivers in England

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stour
c.1300, "armed conflict, struggle with adversity or pain," from Anglo-Fr. estur, from O.Fr. estour, from P.Gmc. *sturmoz "storm" (see storm). Became obsolete, revived by Spenser and his followers in various senses; also surviving as a Scottish and Northern English word meaning
"a (driving) storm" or "uproar, commotion."
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