An example of a cur is a dog that has the body characteristics and personalities of many different breeds of dogs.
An example of a cur is a mean person.
Origin of cur
- Middle English curre perhaps of Scandinavian origin gerə-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English curre (compare Middle Dutch corre (“house dog”)), shortened from Middle English curdogge or kurdogge, a compound whose second element is clearly dogge (“dog”). The first element is probably from Old Norse kurra (“to growl, grumble”) and related to Middle Low German korren (“to growl”).