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Definition of cur

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a mongrel or inferior dog
b : a medium-sized hunting and working dog with a short coat that was developed in the southern U.S. and is sometimes considered to comprise one or more breeds
2 : a surly or cowardly fellow

Definition of cur (Entry 2 of 2)

1 currency
2 current

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Synonyms & Antonyms for cur

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of cur in a Sentence

Noun denounced as curs those police officers who deserted their posts during the hurricane and its aftermath
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First Known Use of cur


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cur


Middle English, short for curdogge, from Middle English *curren to growl (perhaps from Old Norse kurra to grumble) + Middle English dogge dog

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The first known use of cur was in the 13th century

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“Cur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cur

old-fashioned : a dog that is a mix of different breeds : a low, bad, or disliked dog


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Kids Definition of cur

: a worthless or mongrel dog

Medical Definition of cur

1 curative
2 current

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