cur

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cur an inferior dog or one of mixed breed
    • n cur a cowardly and despicable person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • Cur A mongrel or inferior dog. "They . . . like to village curs ,
      Bark when their fellows do."
    • Cur A worthless, snarling fellow; -- used in contempt. "What would you have, you curs ,
      That like nor peace nor war?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • n cur A dog: usually in depreciation, a snarling, worthless, or outcast dog; a dog of low or degenerate breed.
    • n cur Figuratively, a surly, ill-bred man; a low, despicable, ill-natured fellow: used in contempt.
    • n cur An abbreviation of currency
    • n cur of current.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • n Cur kur a worthless dog, of low breed: a churlish fellow
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Quotations

  • Gerald Kersh
    Gerald Kersh
    “Now, you mummy's darlings, get a rift on them boots. Definitely shine em, my little curly-headed lambs, for in our mob, war or no war, you die with clean boots on.”
  • Quintus Curtius Rufus
    Quintus Curtius Rufus
    “A cowardly cur barks more fiercely than it bites.”
  • Charles Churchill
    Charles Churchill
    “He mouths a sentence as curs mouth a bone.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. curre, kur,; cf. dial. Sw. kurre, dog, OD. korre, watchdog, and Icel. kurra, to murmur, grumble, Sw. kurra, to rumble, croak, Dan. kurre, to coo, whirr; prob. of imitative origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. curre; cf. Old Dut. korre, Dan. kurre, to whir.

Usage

In literature:

Quare aut crudelem nasorum interfice pestem, Aut admirari desine cur fugiunt.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
What curly hair you have!
"Heidi" by Johanna Spyri
Then the Three Bears came painfully back from the shrubbery, and Curly Locks' acts of spoliation were revealed one by one.
"The Right Stuff" by Ian Hay
Mr. George Borup is the kid, only twenty-one years old but well set up for his age, always ready to laugh, and has thick, curly hair.
"A Negro Explorer at the North Pole" by Matthew A. Henson
Manby told him fair and straight that he was a swindling cur.
"Brother Copas" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Picture to yourselves a curly-haired, bright-eyed boy of thirteen with honest, open face, good features, and winning smile.
"The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch" by Talbot Baines Reed
A dog his master so deceiv'd, He was the best of curs believ'd.
"Aesop, in Rhyme" by Marmaduke Park
Let that cur John know that I have my Lord of York's ear, and there will be no fear but he will give it.
"The Armourer's Prentices" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Look at them sneaking off like a street cur and an Indian jackal.
"Glyn Severn's Schooldays" by George Manville Fenn
Are you such a cowardly cur that you are going to hide yourself among the German petticoats about the Palace?
"In Honour's Cause" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

Purifiez nos cœurs,
O God of the silence,
Purifiez nos cœurs,
O God of waters.
"Night Litany" by Ezra Pound
Les sanglots longs
Des violons
De l'automne
Blessent mon cœur
D'une langueur
Monotone.
"Autumn Song" by Paul Verlaine
Wee Willie sat a-thinking,
And he shook his curly head.
Around him on the nursery floor
His treasures lay outspread.
"Young America" by Carolyn Wells
I think I see the coming time,
When this curs'd lynching land;
Will see the Negro's worth sublime,
And claim him as a man.
"Ajax at the Centennial. 1897" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Here she clos'd again. And some
Say Apollo would have come
To have cur'd his wounded limb,
But that she had smothered him.
""Venus" by William Browne of Tavistock
Like the wedding-guest enchanted,
There he stood, a trembling cur;
While the Indian told his story,
Like the Ancient Mariner.
"The Legend of La Brea" by Charles Kingsley

In news:

This summer, hair weaves are taking a turn for the kinky, the curly and the wavy.
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These three actors ARE Moe, Larry and Curly .
Globetrotters' ' Curly ' Neal still draws a crowd.
Curly Sue star Alisan Porter tweets wedding photos.
Chantal introduces us to Curly Sue, who's looking for a loving home.
Miracle's develops new Curl Care line for kinky, curly , wavy hair.
This month in random Curly W sightings.
Guinness world record features Curly W logo.
Christ and My Curly Hair.
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FLW Outdoors Fishing Report April 21:Brush Hogs, Sexy Shad Spoons and Curly -Tailed Jigs Oh My.
Gerald James Grindle ( Curly ), 48, Cedar Springs, went to be with the Lord on March 7, 2011.
Cher Disses Hybrid Cars, Warming to ' Curly Bulbs'.
My daughter has naturally, curly hair and is impossible to manage.
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In science:

We note that the discrepancy for young pulsars is easily explained if the per iod Po of the pulsar at birth is too close to the cur rent per iod P to war rant the 2 (cid:9) P2 .
Radio Pulsars
The density at which this ocand Omar & Dwarakanath (2005) describing it as a curs is of the order ∼ 2 Mpc−2 , equivalent to that loose group at an evolutionary stage intermediate to on the outskirts of this structure.
Galaxy Groups: Proceedings from a Swinburne University Workshop
Let us begin with focusing on the first curly bracket of (4.3) : Because P ′ 2 as well as 2Q · P are strictly positive, only the logarithm of p0 − p in the integrand, is able to yield a diverging behavior, and there are two of them.
Revisitation of the original hot QCD collinear singularity problem
The solid (curly) vertical arrows indicate spin preserving (non-) radiative transitions.
Radiative cascade from quantum dot metastable spin-blockaded biexciton
The transition between ring flux states oc curs at angles different from θ2 = π/4 + nπ/2 as expected for a pure d x2−y2 superconductor, because of the asymmetry of the gap in the a vs the b in-plane directions.
Probing the order parameter symmetry in the cuprate high temperature superconductors by SQUID microscopy
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