curb

[ kurb ]
/ kɜrb /

noun

verb (used with object)

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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

SYNONYMS FOR curb

ANTONYMS FOR curb

synonym study for curb

13. See check1.

OTHER WORDS FROM curb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH curb

curb , kerb
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British Dictionary definitions for curb (1 of 2)

curb1
/ (kɜːb) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for curb (2 of 2)

curb2

noun

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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