sb. a charge, cure of soulsVariants: cures, pl., pursuitsEtymology: Ecclesiastical Latin cura

CURE. The spiritual charge of a parish, or, in another sense, the parish itself.

an odd person; a contemptuous term, abridged from curiosity , which was formerly the favourite expression. The word cure, as originally applied, was London street slang, and was, as just stated, an abbreviation of curiosity, or, more correctly, of curious or queer fellow. Of late years it has, however, been used to denote a funny, humorous person, who can give and receive chaff.