\ 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

Other Words from curly

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Once inspired by her own grandmother, Aisha Ceballos-Crump now makes homemade products for her children’s curly hair textures using the golden liquid. Katarina Avendano, Good Housekeeping, 3 Aug. 2022 There is lots of giggling and, of course, incredible curly-bang inspiration. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 28 July 2022 Along the sides of her face and behind her neck sat some additional soft and curly baby hairs. Chelsea Avila, Allure, 19 July 2022 Varieties to Try: Savoy Ace (compact curly variety); Early Jersey Wakefield (compact green variety); Red Acre (compact red variety). Christopher Michel, Country Living, 18 July 2022 One of them is, like, pointy and nosy and black curly hair, and the other one has a blond fro. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 17 July 2022 Both are designed to work for all hair types, and reviewers with thin, dry, and thick curly hair vouch for their effectiveness. Annie Burdick,, 29 June 2022 Although everyone’s hair is different, there are amazing curly hair products worth trying out, no matter your unique hair type or texture. Jamie Wilson, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 June 2022 Fans of the father-daughter duo were quick to point out how much Blue Ivy looked like her mother Beyoncé, drawing comparisons between the two because of Blue Ivy’s curly hair and hoop earrings. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 14 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of curly

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries Near curly

curl up


curly birch

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8 Aug 2022

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“Curly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for curly


\ 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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