curl up


curled up; curling up; curls up

intransitive verb

: to arrange oneself in or as if in a ball or curl
curl up by the fire
curl up with a good book

Examples of curl up in a Sentence

I love to curl up in a big chair with a book.
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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of curl up was in 1840

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Cite this Entry

“Curl up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

curl up

: to arrange oneself in or as if in a curl or ball
curl up with a good book

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