[ kurb ]
/ kɜrb /


verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. curative dose,
  2. curatively,
  3. curator,
  4. curatorial,
  5. curaçao,
  6. curb ball,
  7. curb cut,
  8. curb exchange,
  9. curb market,
  10. curb roof

Origin of curb

1250–1300; Middle English curb, courbe curved piece of wood (noun), stooped, hunchbacked (adj.) < Anglo-French curb, courb curved, bowed; Old French < Latin curvus crooked, bent, curved. See curve

Related forms
Can be confusedcurb kerb

Synonym study

13. See check1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for curb

British Dictionary definitions for curb


/ (kɜːb) /


something that restrains or holds back
any enclosing framework, such as a wall of stones around the top of a well
  1. Also called: curb bit a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap, which checks the horse
  2. Also called: curb chain the chain or strap itself
a hard swelling on the hock of a horse

verb (tr)

to control with or as if with a curb; restrain
See also kerb

Word Origin for curb

C15: from Old French courbe curved piece of wood or metal, from Latin curvus curved


vet science a swelling on the leg of a horse, below the point of the hock, usually caused by a sprain
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Word Origin and History for curb
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