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stour

[stoo r] /stʊər/
noun
1.
British Dialect.
  1. tumult; confusion.
  2. 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
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French estour battle < Germanic; akin to storm
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stour

/staʊə/
noun (Scot & Northern English, dialect)
1.
turmoil or conflict
2.
dust; a cloud of dust
Word Origin
C14: from Old French estour armed combat, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German sturmstorm

Stour

/staʊə/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for stour
n.

c.1300, "armed conflict, struggle with adversity or pain," from Anglo-French estur, from Old French estour, from Proto-Germanic *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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