\ˈkər-lē \
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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Today, Bibiano writes a popular column on curly and kinky hair for, a site run by the beauty product company Unilever. Marina Lopes, Washington Post, "Black Brazilians are ditching hair straighteners and white standards of beauty," 19 June 2018 True, accounts and the aforementioned salons dedicated to curly and kinky hair do exist. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Where Are All the Photos of Curly Haircuts on Social Media?," 13 Apr. 2018 Just as in year's past, models with naturally curly or textured hair had the choice to rock it on the runway—and many did, including Alanna Arrington, Maria Borges, and Aiden Curtiss. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Hair And Makeup Details From The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," 20 Nov. 2017 Justin Timberlake‘s 3-year-old son is the spitting image of his dad in a photograph the singer shared on Instagram Friday, featuring the curly-haired little boy planting a big kiss on his mom Jessica Biel. Jen Juneau,, "Jessica Biel Gives Son Silas a Sweet Smooch in the 'City of Love' — See Justin Timberlake's Pic," 6 July 2018 At a press conference in Rome last week, two scholars unveiled a small, painted tile of a rosy-cheeked, curly-haired Archangel Gabriel. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Is This Painted Tile Da Vinci’s Earliest Known Work?," 27 June 2018 There were at least two curly-haired, bandana-wearing men cheering every time Mexico made a save against South Korea during Saturday's World Cup match. Atreya Verma, azcentral, "Pancho Villa’s Army brings together Mexico fans for Laveen watch party," 23 June 2018 The video starts by showing both of them in huge, curly-haired toppers before panning to Meg several tables over. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Friends Captured Video of Themselves Crashing a Date in Wigs," 3 June 2018 Here are all the craziest looks your favorite celebs have worn to the Met Ball. Taylor Swift Since 2008, Taylor's gone from curly-haired country to classic beauty to edgy cyberpunk. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "The 15 Most Amazing Celeb Style Transformations From the Met Gala," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of curly

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of curly was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of curly

: having curls

: formed into a round shape


\ˈkər-lē \
curlier; curliest

Kids Definition of curly

1 : having coils curly hair

2 : having a curved shape a curly tail

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