cur

A cur is a dog that isn't very good — or is a mixed breed. If dogs understood English, they would be offended at being called a cur.

When you use the word cur, you're talking about a dog that's either a mutt, very unattractive, aggressive, or all three. The word can also be used as an insult for a person, especially a despicable man. In Old English, the word cur was originally cur-dog, which sometimes was used to describe any dog — good, bad, pedigreed or part Shepherd, part Collie, part whatever.

Definitions of cur
  1. noun
    an inferior dog or one of mixed breed
    synonyms: mongrel, mutt
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    types:
    feist, fice
    a nervous belligerent little mongrel dog
    pariah dog, pie-dog, pye-dog
    ownerless half-wild mongrel dog common around Asian villages especially India
    type of:
    Canis familiaris, dog, domestic dog
    a member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds
  2. noun
    a cowardly and despicable person
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    types:
    caitiff
    a cowardly and despicable person
    type of:
    coward
    a person who shows fear or timidity
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