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curly

[kur-lee] /ˈkɜr li/
adjective, curlier, curliest.
1.
curling or tending to curl:
curly blond hair.
2.
having curls (usually used in combination):
curlyheaded.
3.
having a rippled or undulating appearance, as cut and finished wood:
curly maple.
Origin of curly
1720-1730
First recorded in 1720-30; curl + -y1
Related forms
curliness, noun
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  • Is it my fault, too, if my hair is too curly, and if I don't think just as other people do?

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Some one has remarked that all the good children who die have curly hair.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • He looked so pretty with his curly hair that she could not resist him.

  • He was a short man, burly, with curly hair, and not an unpleasant face.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton
  • You know she's red—I've really got a red one—a curly red one!

    The Christian Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for curly

curly

/ˈkɜːlɪ/
adjective curlier, curliest
1.
tending to curl; curling
2.
having curls
3.
(of timber) having irregular curves or waves in the grain
4.
(Austral & NZ) difficult to counter or answer: a curly question
Derived Forms
curliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for curly
adj.

1770s, from curl + -y (2); earliest use is of hair. Related: Curliness.

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