Definitions and meaning of cur
From Middle English kur, curre, of Middle Low German [Term?] or North Germanic origin. Compare Middle Dutch corre (“house dog; watch-dog”), dialectal Swedish kurre (“a dog”). Compare also Old Norse kurra (“to growl; grumble”), Middle Low German korren (“to growl”).
- (UK) IPA(key): [kɜː]
- (US) IPA(key): [kɝ]
- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)
cur (plural curs)
- (dated or humorous) A contemptible or inferior dog.
- c. 1515–1516, published 1568, John Skelton, Againſt venemous tongues enpoyſoned with ſclaunder and falſe detractions &c.:
- A fals double tunge is more fiers and fell
Then Cerberus the cur couching in the kenel of hel;
Wherof hereafter, I thinke for to write,
Of fals double tunges in the diſpite.
- 1613, Shakespeare, The Famous History of the Life of King Henry VIII, Act 2, scene 4
- you have many enemies, that know not why they are so, but, like to village-curs, bark when their fellows do.
- 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 25
- "You have no more spirit than a mongrel cur. You lie down on the ground and ask people to trample on you."
- (dated or humorous) A detestable person.
- 1613, Shakespeare, The Famous History of the Life of King Henry VIII, Act 1, scene 1
- This butcher's cur is venom-mouth'd, and I have not the power to muzzle him.
- bitsa, bitser
From Latin culus. Compare Romanian cur.
- (slang, referring to the anus) ass
From Latin currō. Compare Romanian cure, cur (modern curge, curg).
- I run.
- I flow.
From Latin cūrō. Compare archaic/regional Romanian cura, cur.
cur (past participle curatã)
- I clean.
From Latin cārus.
cur m (feminine cuora)
- dear, beloved
From Latin cor. Compare Italian cuore, French coeur, Old Portuguese cor, Old Spanish cuer.
cur m (genitive singular as substantive cuir, genitive as verbal noun curtha)
- verbal noun of cuir
- sowing, planting; tillage
- setting, laying
- course; round
- (of implements) set
- Verbal noun
- "cur" in Foclóir Gaeilge–Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
- Entries containing “cur” in English-Irish Dictionary, An Gúm, 1959, by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.
- Entries containing “cur” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.
- qūr, quūr, quōr (older spelling)
- quur, cor (rare)
From Old Latin quūr, quōr, from Proto-Italic *kʷōr, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷōr, having undergone pre-resonant and monosyllabic lengthening from *kʷor (“where”), from *kʷos (“interrogative determiner”) + *-r (“adverbial suffix”). For similar lengthening effect, compare to *bʰōr. For other Indo-European cognates, compare:
- Sanskrit कर्हि (kárhi, “when”), Proto-Germanic *hwar (“where”) < *kʷor
- Old English hwǣr (“where”), Old High German hwār (“where”) < *kʷēr
- Albanian kur (“when”), Lithuanian kur̃ (“where, whither”), Armenian ուր (ur, “where”) < *kʷur
See also quirquir (“wherever(?)”).
- (Classical) IPA(key): /kuːr/, [kuːr]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /kur/, [kur]
cūr (not comparable)
- why, for what reason, wherefore, to what purpose, from what motive
- 19 BC, Vergilius, Aeneis; Book XI, from line 424
- Cur ante tubam tremor occupat artus?
- Why before the trumpet (of war), fear seizes your limbs?
- cur in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
- cur in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
- cur in Gaffiot, Félix, Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, 1934
- Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden, Latin Phrase-Book, London: Macmillan and Co., 1894
- “cūr” on page 519/1-2 of the Oxford Latin Dictionary (2nd ed., 2012)
A highly suppletive verb with forms derived from two already suppletive verbs.
- The imperative and verbal noun forms are from Old Irish cuirid, from older cor, the verbal noun of fo·ceird. The verbal noun is etymologically unrelated to fo·ceird itself however, only arising in its paradigm due to suppletion.
- All other forms of the verb are from Old Irish do·beir, itself also a suppletive verb. See also Scottish Gaelic thoir and Irish tabhair.
cur (verbal noun cur, coyrt)
- cur ayns kishtey (“box, crate”, verb)
- “1 cuirid”, in Gregory Toner, Maire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sharon Arbuthnot, Dagmar Wodtko, Maire-Luise Theuerkauf, editors, eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language, 2019
From Latin culus.
- (slang) asshole (anus)
- Alternative form of curre
From Old Irish caur, from Proto-Celtic *karuts.
cur m (genitive curad, nominative plural curaid)
- hero, warrior
- c. 1000, The Tale of Mac Da Thó's Pig, section 15, published in Irische Teste, vol. 1 (1880), edited by Ernst Windisch:
- curadmír (“warrior’s portion”)
- “cur”, in Gregory Toner, Maire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sharon Arbuthnot, Dagmar Wodtko, Maire-Luise Theuerkauf, editors, eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language, 2019
From Latin culus, from Proto-Indo-European *kuH-l-, zero-grade without s-mobile form of *(s)kewH- (“to cover”). Compare Italian culo, French cul.
cur n (plural cururi)
- (slang, vulgar, referring to the anus) asshole
- Synonyms: anus, dos, fund, popou, șezut
- first-person singular present indicative/subjunctive of cura (to clean)
cur m (genitive singular cuir, no plural)
- verbal noun of cuir
- placing, setting, sending, sowing
- laying, pouring
- falling of snow, raining
- ath-chur (“transplant”)
- eadar-chur (“interjection, interruption”)
- “cur” in Edward Dwelly, Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan/The Illustrated [Scottish] Gaelic–English Dictionary, 10th edition, Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, 1911, →ISBN.
- a worthless mongrel dog.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)