curl

1 of 2

verb

curled; curling; curls

transitive verb

1
: to form into coils or ringlets
curl one's hair
2
: to form into a curved shape : twist
curled his lip in a sneer
3
: to furnish with curls

intransitive verb

1
a
: to grow in coils or spirals
b
: to form ripples or crinkles
bacon curling in a pan
2
: to move or progress in curves or spirals : wind
the path curled along the mountainside
3
4
: to play the game of curling

curl

2 of 2

noun

1
: a lock of hair that coils : ringlet
2
: something having a spiral or winding form : coil
3
: the action of curling : the state of being curled
4
: a curved or spiral marking in the grain of wood
5
: a hollow arch of water formed when the crest of a breaking wave spills forward
6
: a usually short pass pattern in football in which a receiver runs downfield and then curves back toward the line of scrimmage
7
: a body-building exercise in which a weight held with the palms facing up is raised and lowered by flexing only the wrists or elbows

Examples of curl in a Sentence

Verb She curls her hair every morning. Can you curl your tongue? The baby's fingers were tightly curled. The snake curled itself around its prey. The cat curled into a ball and went to sleep. We saw smoke curling from the cottage chimney. A snake curled around his leg. Noun Her daughter has cute blonde curls. She likes to wear her hair in curls. The conditioner will help you keep the curl of your hair. His hair has a natural curl. He did 12 wrist curls.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Walter was curled in a fetal position under a single sheet on his bed. Bill Swank, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 June 2024 Her little one's hands were curled into a heart symbol, just like the iconic gesture Swift makes on stage. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 6 June 2024
Noun
Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Rihanna celebrated her new hair venture by embracing her curls. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 11 June 2024 The nearly 80-year-old former first lady and reigning grande dame of the capital sat for a portrait draped in a crocheted shawl, her curls peeking out from under her signature turban. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for curl 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, from crul curly, probably from Middle Dutch; akin to Old High German krol curly

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of curl was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Curl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curl. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

curl

1 of 2 verb
1
: to form into or grow in coils or ringlets
curled her hair
2
: to take or move in a curved form
smoke curling from the chimney

curl

2 of 2 noun
1
: a lock of hair that coils : ringlet
2
: a spiral or winding form : coil
3
: the state of being curled
4
: a hollow place under the crest of a breaking wave

Biographical Definition

Curl

biographical name

Robert Floyd 1933–2022 American chemist

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