Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CURSOUR, n. A stallion. This meaning of courser has been obs. in Eng. since 16th cent. (N.E.D.). Cf. Cooser. Sc. 1862 A. Hislop Proverbs 5:
A fey man and a cursour fears na the deil.
Sc. 1896 A. Cheviot Proverbs 140:
He nickers like a cursour at a caup o' corn.

[O.Sc. has cursour, a large powerful riding horse or war-horse; a stallion, from c.1420, variant of coursour, a courser, a steed (D.O.S.T.); O.Fr. corcier, Mod.Fr. coursier (Hatz. and Darm.).]

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"Cursour n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 3 Aug 2021 <>



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