curdle

verb cur·dle \ ˈkər-dᵊl \

Definition of curdle

curdled; curdling play \ˈkərd-liŋ, ˈkər-dᵊl-iŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to form curds; also :to congeal as if by forming curds
  • a scream curdled in her throat
2 :to go bad or wrong :spoil
transitive verb
1 :to cause curds to form in
  • curdled milk
2 :spoil, sour

Examples of curdle in a Sentence

  1. Too much heat will make the custard curdle.

  2. Too much heat will curdle the custard.

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Origin and Etymology of curdle

frequentative of 2curd



CURDLE Defined for English Language Learners

curdle

verb

Definition of curdle for English Language Learners

  • : to thicken and separate into liquids and solids : to form curds


CURDLE Defined for Kids

curdle

verb cur·dle \ ˈkər-dᵊl \

Definition of curdle for Students

curdled; curdling
:to thicken or cause to become thickened with or as if with curds
  • The milk curdled.


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