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cur

noun \ ˈkər \

Definition of cur

1 a :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

Examples of cur in a Sentence

  1. denounced as curs those police officers who deserted their posts during the hurricane and its aftermath

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Origin and Etymology of 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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cur

abbreviation

Definition of cur

1 currency
2 current

CUR Defined for English Language Learners

cur

noun

Definition of cur for English Language Learners

  • : a dog that is a mix of different breeds : a low, bad, or disliked dog


CUR Defined for Kids

cur

noun \ ˈkər \

Definition of cur for Students

:a worthless or mongrel dog

Medical Dictionary

cur

abbreviation

medical Definition of cur

1 curative
2 current


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