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stour

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adjective \ˈstu̇r\

Definition of stour

  1. 1 chiefly Scotland :  strong, hardy

  2. 2 chiefly Scotland :  stern, harsh

Origin and Etymology of stour

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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stour

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Definition of stour

  1. 1a archaic :  battle, conflictb dialectal British :  tumult, uproar

  2. 2 chiefly Scotland :  dust, powder

Origin and Etymology of stour

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


First Known Use: 14th century


Stour

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geographical name \ˈstu̇r, ˈstaür, ˈstau̇-ər, ˈstȯr; specific variants can be found at senses below\

Definition of Stour

  1. 1\ˈstu̇r\ river 47 miles (76 kilometers) long in southeastern England flowing east between Essex and Suffolk into the North Sea

  2. 2play \ˈstau̇r, ˈstu̇r\ river 55 miles (88 kilometers) long in Dorset and Hampshire, southern England, flowing southeast into the Avon River

  3. 3 or Great Stourplay \ˈstu̇r also ˈstau̇(-ə)r\ river 40 miles (64 kilometers) long in Kent, southeastern England, flowing northeast into the North Sea

  4. 4\ˈstau̇(-ə)r, ˈstȯr\ river 20 miles (32 kilometers) long in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, central England, flowing northwest into the Avon River

  5. 5\ˈstau̇(-ə)r, ˈstȯr\ river 20 miles (32 kilometers) long in west central England flowing south into the Severn River

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