\ 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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Other Words from curly

curliness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for curly




straight, uncurled

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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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Odell Beckham dances on the field, has a long curly mohawk, and people scream his name. Alex Bhattacharji,, "Mike Amiri, L.A.’s rock ’n’ roll designer, now struts on a global stage," 21 June 2019 That's also why many ingrown hairs occur in the pubic area, because hair tends to be curlier down there. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here's How You Should Safely Be Getting Rid of Your Ingrown Hairs," 18 June 2019 Water can turn their professional perms into curly Afros. Byron Mccauley,, "The fatal drowning rate for black kids is stark. History is part of that.," 13 June 2019 But that curly golden figure at the center of her vest is giving me major dragon vibes. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Miley Cyrus Channels the Mother of Dragons In a 'Game of Thrones'-Inspired Vest," 29 May 2019 There's a genetic trait for curly coats that appear in several horse breeds of various sizes and colors. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Curly-haired pigs and other animals with natural waves," 3 Apr. 2019 Its texture inexplicably changed a lot throughout my twenties, evolving from curly to wavy to frizzy (whenever humidity levels creep above 40 percent) and back to wavy (only in winter). Glamour, "Dyson’s Supersonic Hair Dryer Ended My 20-Year Battle Against Frizz," 28 Mar. 2019 According to Zenit, Pollock's own dripping technique relies upon the same instability to produce curly lines and spots on his canvases. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018 To make curly pieces, roll a few and secure with paper clips until dry. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018

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First Known Use of curly

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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