American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Snarling and bad-tempered.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Like a cur; having the qualities of a cur; snappish; snarling; churlish; quarrelsome.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the qualities, or exhibiting the characteristics, of a cur; snarling; quarrelsome; snappish; churlish; hence, also malicious; malignant; brutal.
- adj. base and cowardly
- adj. resembling a cur; snarling and rude
- cur + -ish (Wiktionary)
“Ambrose finished the narrative with a broken voice indeed, but as one who had more self-command than his brother, perhaps than his uncle, whose exclamations became bitter and angry as he heard of the treatment the boys had experienced from their half-brother, who, as he said, he had always known as a currish mean-spirited churl, but scarce such as this.”
“Why don't you say 'currish' and be done with it?”
“The simile, though a currish one, will hold good in its application to the human race.”
“Shall my destruction be wrought by thy most currish unkindenesse, and all my hoped joyes be defeated in a moment?”
“Tooth-drawers are so rude and cruell, in performing such Offices, as my heart cannot endure, that you should come within compasse of their currish courtesie, neither shall you Sir, if you will be ruled by me.”
“Marry, she says your dog was a cur, and tells you currish thanks is good enough for such a present.”
““It is a currish proposal — thus to thrust thyself upon my private matters,” replied Foster; “but thou wert ever an ill-nurtured whelp.””
“For certain noted fugitives from the army of King Monmouth (which he himself had deserted, in a low and currish manner), having failed to obtain free shipment from the coast near Watersmouth, had returned into the wilds of Exmoor, trusting to lurk, and be comforted among the common people.”
“The last sort of dogs consisteth of the currish kind meet for many toys, of which the whappet or prick-eared cur is one.”
“I miss animal life sadly in these parts: the dogs I see about the streets are few in number, and miserably currish specimens of their kind.”
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