verb (used with object)
Origin of curb
Synonyms for curb
Antonyms for curb
Related Words for curbedcontrol, hinder, inhibit, suppress, tame, impede, contain, restrain, constrain, hamper, clog, fetter, subdue, cook, abstain, check, muzzle, manacle, leash, ice
Examples from the Web for curbed
Contemporary Examples of curbed
Surely the unruly use of antibiotics in animal feed can and must be curbed.Is Your Bacon on Drugs?
December 12, 2013
At the end, those very forces whose influence he thought would be curbed had claimed his life.A Friend’s Tribute to Ambassador Chris Stevens: The Diplomatic Indiana Jones
September 13, 2012
Historical Examples of curbed
John Storm curbed himself; he had been through a long schooling.The Christian
That sane impulse was curbed, however, by the consciousness of its futility.
I have curbed and repressed myself not to scare you by precipitancy.
If you could have curbed your impulse and only dreamed your adventures, you would have been the happier.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
He saw the danger involved in the discussion and curbed his tongue.The Secret of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
- Also called: curb bita horse's bit with an attached chain or strap, which checks the horse
- Also called: curb chainthe chain or strap itself
Word Origin for curb
1520s, of horses, "to lead to a curb," from curb (n.). Figurative use from 1580s. Related: Curbed; curbing.
late 15c., "strap passing under the jaw of a horse" (used to restrain the animal), from Old French courbe (12c.) "curb on a horse," from Latin curvus, from curvare "to bend" (see curve (v.)). Meaning "enclosed framework" is from 1510s, probably originally with a notion of "curved;" extended to margins of garden beds 1731; to "margin of stone between a sidewalk and road" 1791 (sometimes spelled kerb). Figurative sense of "a check, a restraint" is from 1610s.