From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cur \Cur\ (k[^u]r), n. [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.]
   1. A mongrel or inferior dog.
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            They . . . like to village curs,
            Bark when their fellows do.           -- Shak.
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   2. A worthless, snarling fellow; -- used in contempt.
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            What would you have, you curs,
            That like nor peace nor war?          --Shak.
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