Curst

Curst cows have curt horns. Angry men cannot do all the mischief they wish. Curst means “angry” or “fierce,” and curt is “short,” as curtmantle, curt-hose. The Latin proverb is, “Dat Deus immiti cornua curta bovi.

You are called plain Kate,
And bonny Kate, and sometimes Kate the curst.

Shakespeare: Taming of the Shrew, ii. 1.

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