Cur

A fawning, mean-spirited fellow, a crop-tailed dog (Latin, curtus, crop-tailed. French, court; our curt). According to forest laws, a man who had no right to the privilege of the chase was obliged to cut off the tail of his dog. Hence, a degenerate dog or man is called a cur.

What would you have, you curs,
That like nor peace nor war?

Shakespeare: Coriolanus, i. 1.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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