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curly

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adjective, \ˈkər-lē\

Simple Definition of curly

  • : having curls

  • : formed into a round shape

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of curly

curliercurliest

  1. 1 :  tending to curl; also :  having curls <curly hair>

  2. 2 :  having the grain composed of fibers that undulate without crossing and that often form alternating light and dark lines <curly maple>

curliness noun

Examples of curly in a sentence

  1. She has curly hair and blue eyes.

  2. The dog's tail is curly.



1598

First Known Use of curly

1598



CURLY Defined for Kids

curly

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adjective \ˈkər-lē\

Definition of curly for Students

curliercurliest

  1. 1 :  having coils <curly hair>

  2. 2 :  having a curved shape <a curly tail>





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