Often curds. a substance consisting mainly of casein and the like, obtained from milk by coagulation, and used as food or made into cheese.
any substance resembling this.
Also called curd cheese. Chiefly Northeastern and Southern U.S. cottage cheese.
the edible flower heads of cauliflower, broccoli, and similar plants.

verb (used with or without object)

to turn into curd; coagulate; congeal.

Origin of curd

1325–75; Middle English curden (v.), variant of crudden to crud, congeal; see crowd1
Related formsun·curd, verb (used with object)

Regional variation note Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for curds

Historical Examples of curds

  • Miss North put her mother into a big chair, and hurried to bring a dish of curds.

  • "If you've finished your curds you must lie down," said Miss North.

  • Milk, cream, curds, whey and cheese enriched the family table.

    Welsh Fairy Tales

    William Elliott Griffis

  • Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, eating of curds and whey.

    Dramatized Rhythm Plays

    John N. Richards

  • Camillo replied, "Indeed she is the very queen of curds and cream."

    Tales from Shakespeare

    Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb

British Dictionary definitions for curds



(often plural) a substance formed from the coagulation of milk by acid or rennet, used in making cheese or eaten as a food
something similar in consistency


to turn into or become curd
Derived Formscurdy, adjectivecurdiness, noun

Word Origin for curd

C15: from earlier crud, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for curds



c.1500, metathesis of crud (late 14c.), originally "any coagulated substance," probably from Old English crudan "to press, drive," from PIE root *greut- "to press, coagulate," perhaps via ancestor of Gaelic gruth (because cognates are unknown in other Germanic or Romance languages).

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