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Dictionary Definition

cur

Noun

1 an inferior dog or one of mixed breed [syn: mongrel, mutt]
2 a cowardly and despicable person

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English

Noun

  1. A mongrel or inferior dog.
  2. A detestable person.

Translations

mongrel, dog
  • Danish: køter
  • Dutch: mormel
  • Finnish: rakki, piski
  • German: Köter, Mongrel
  • Portuguese: vira-lata
  • Swedish: byracka
detestable person
  • Danish: sjover
  • Dutch: hondsvot
  • Finnish: lurjus
  • German: Köter

Aromanian

Etymology

culus

Noun

  1. asshole

Irish

Pronunciation

  • [kʊɾˠ]

Noun

  1. sowing

Declension

Mutation

Verb form

Mutation

Latin

Alternative spellings

  • (older orthography) quōr
  • (sometimes, rare) cor

Etymology

From cui + rei meaning "thing".

Adverb

cūr
  1. why, for what reason, wherefore, to what purpose, from what motive
    Cur in terra iaces?
    Why are you lying on the ground?
    Duae causae sunt, cur tu frequentior in isto officio esse debeas quam nos?
    Non fuit causa, cur?
    Causa non esset, cur?
    Causa nulla est, cur?
    Nihil est causae, cur?
    Quae causa est, cur?
    Quid est causae, cur?
    Negare et adferre rationem cur negarent?

Derived terms

Manx

Verb

  1. To put.
    Cur y muc shen magh hoshiaght. = Put that pig out first.

Megleno-Romanian

Etymology

culus

Noun

  1. asshole

Romanian

Etymology

culus''

Pronunciation

  • /kur/|lang=ro

Noun

  1. asshole

Declension

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Extensive Definition

Cur refers to a dog, usually of mixed ancestry. Fighting dogs that regress to growling rather than maintain calm are referred to as 'cur'. The derivation of the word "cur" is uncertain. According to the Dictionary of True Etymologies (Room, Adrian, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London and New York, 1986), "cur" is a Germanic word, possibly from Old Norse meaning to growl. If so, then the word is onomatopoeic, and a cur is a dog that goes "grrr."
Cur is also a type of hunting dog developed in the United States, usually not recognized as a show dog but developed solely for hunting ability. As a result, most of the cur breeds are types rather than breeds—that is, one of these dogs can be recognized as a certain type of Cur but the appearance standard is extremely flexible, enough so that a complete breed appearance standard is difficult to create. However, several kennel clubs register various cur breeds based on their ancestry (bloodlines), and several lines are recognized within each breed. The United Kennel Club has an active registration program and competition hunting program for these dogs.
Cur is also used in the play Rent to refer to a barking dog that "won't shut up".

Earlier use

Historically, the words cur and feist were used in England to refer to small hunting dogs, where "feists" were the smaller dogs and "curs" were 30 lbs or larger. The Elizabethans may have used the word "cur" to denote "terrier". The word appears to be more colloquial in nature, with the first known documented use of the word appearing in the Scottish periodical, Blackwood's Magazine in 1819. The article, Species and Historic lineage of Canine derivations,penned by Sir P. Sean Lacey of London (1776 - 1842) cites "separating the miscreants and cur breeds from those of honorable standing".

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