curly

adjective \ ˈkər-lē \

Definition of curly

curlier; curliest
1 :tending to curl; also :having curls
  • curly hair
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.

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First Known Use of curly

1598

curly Synonyms

Synonyms
curled
Antonyms
straight, uncurled
Related Words
crimped, crimpy, crisp, frizzled, frizzy, kinky, waved, wavy
Near Antonyms
lank, limp; straightened


CURLY Defined for English Language Learners

curly

adjective

Definition of curly for English Language Learners

  • : having curls

  • : formed into a round shape


CURLY Defined for Kids

curly

adjective \ ˈkər-lē \

Definition of curly for Students

curlier; curliest
1 :having coils
  • curly hair
2 :having a curved shape
  • a curly tail


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