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[kur-dl] /ˈkɜr dl/
verb (used with or without object), curdled, curdling.
to change into curd; coagulate; congeal.
to spoil; turn sour.
to go wrong; turn bad or fail:
Their friendship began to curdle as soon as they became business rivals.
curdle the / one's blood, to fill a person with horror or fear; terrify:
a scream that curdled the blood.
Origin of curdle
First recorded in 1580-90; curd + -le
Related forms
curdler, noun
noncurdling, adjective, noun
uncurdled, adjective
uncurdling, adjective Unabridged
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  • The milk, which has been allowed to curdle spontaneously, is skimmed and allowed to drain.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
  • Do not let the soup boil after the egg is added or it will curdle.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • Stephen gave him the look with which he was accustomed to curdle the blood of persons who gave evidence before Commissions.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • Great care must be taken not to let it cook too long, or the sauce will curdle.

    The Golden Age Cook Book Henrietta Latham Dwight
  • Return to the fire, make it hot, but be careful not to let it boil, as it will curdle.

    The Golden Age Cook Book Henrietta Latham Dwight
  • Stir until the mixture thickens, being careful it does not curdle.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • When the egg begins to curdle add salt and pepper to taste—but do not put them in until the last.

    Dishes & Beverages of the Old South Martha McCulloch Williams
  • Then add the yolks of the eggs; let them thicken in the sauce, but be careful not to curdle them.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for curdle


to turn or cause to turn into curd
curdle someone's blood, to fill someone with fear
Derived Forms
curdler, noun
Word Origin
C16 (crudled, past participle): from curd
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Word Origin and History for curdle

1630s (earlier crudle, 1580s), "to thicken, cause to congeal," frequentative of curd (v.) "to make into curd" (late 14c.; see curd). Of blood, in figurative sense "to inspire horror" from c.1600. Related: Curdled (1590); curdling (c.1700, almost always with reference to blood, in the figurative sense).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for curdle



To offend; disgust: ''It curdles me'' ¼ ''I loathe it'' (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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