[ kur-dl ]
/ ˈkɜr dl /

verb (used with or without object), cur·dled, cur·dling.

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.

Idioms for curdle

    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


cur·dler, nounnon·cur·dling, adjective, nounun·cur·dled, adjectiveun·cur·dling, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for curdle

/ (ˈkɜːdəl) /


to turn or cause to turn into curd
curdle someone's blood to fill someone with fear

Derived forms of curdle

curdler, noun

Word Origin for curdle

C16 (crudled, past participle): from curd
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