\ ˈkər-lē How to pronounce curly (audio) \
curlier; curliest

Definition of curly

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

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curliness noun

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Examples of curly in a Sentence

She has curly hair and blue eyes. The dog's tail is curly.
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First Known Use of curly

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 May 2021

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“Curly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of curly

: having curls
: formed into a round shape


\ ˈkər-lē How to pronounce curly (audio) \
curlier; curliest

Kids Definition of curly

1 : having coils curly hair
2 : having a curved shape a curly tail

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