stour

adjective
\ ˈstu̇r How to pronounce stour (audio) \

Definition of stour

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 chiefly Scotland : strong, hardy
2 chiefly Scotland : stern, harsh

stour

noun

Definition of stour (Entry 2 of 3)

1a archaic : battle, conflict
b dialectal British : tumult, uproar
2 chiefly Scotland : dust, powder

Stour

geographical name
\ ˈstu̇r How to pronounce Stour (audio) , ˈstau̇r How to pronounce Stour (audio) , ˈstau̇-ər, ˈstȯr; specific variants can be found at senses below \

Definition of Stour (Entry 3 of 3)

1 \ ˈstu̇r How to pronounce Stour (audio) \ river 47 miles (76 kilometers) long in southeastern England flowing east between Essex and Suffolk into the North Sea
2 \ ˈstau̇r How to pronounce Stour (audio) , ˈstu̇r \ river 55 miles (88 kilometers) long in Dorset and Hampshire, southern England, flowing southeast into the Avon River
3 or Great Stour \ ˈstu̇r also ˈstau̇(-​ə)r How to pronounce Stour (audio) \ river 40 miles (64 kilometers) long in Kent, southeastern England, flowing northeast into the North Sea
4 \ ˈstau̇(-​ə)r How to pronounce Stour (audio) , ˈstȯr \ river 20 miles (32 kilometers) long in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, central England, flowing northwest into the Avon River
5 \ ˈstau̇(-​ə)r How to pronounce Stour (audio) , ˈstȯr \ river 20 miles (32 kilometers) long in west central England flowing south into the Severn River

First Known Use of stour

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stour

Adjective

Middle English stor, from Old English stōr; akin to Old High German stuori large, Russian staryĭ old, Old English standan to stand

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French estur, estour, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German sturm storm, battle — more at storm

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“Stour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stour. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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