Nearby words

  1. curious,
  2. curiously,
  3. curite,
  4. curitiba,
  5. curium,
  6. curl one's hair,
  7. curl up,
  8. curled paperwork,
  9. curledly,
  10. curler

Idioms

    curl one's lip, to assume or display an expression of contempt: He curled his lip in disdain.
    curl one's/the hair, to fill with horror or fright; shock: Some of his stories about sailing across the Atlantic are enough to curl one's hair.

Origin of curl

1400–50; late Middle English, apparently back formation from curled, metathetic variant of Middle English crulled (past participle) crul (adj.); compare Middle Dutch crullen to curl, cruller

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British Dictionary definitions for curl one's hair

curl

/ (kɜːl) /

verb

noun

See also curl up

Word Origin for curl

C14: probably from Middle Dutch crullen to curl; related to Middle High German krol curly, Middle Low German krūs curly

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Word Origin and History for curl one's hair

curl

v.

mid-15c., metathesis of crulle (c.1300), probably from an unrecorded Old English word or from Middle Dutch krul "curly," from Proto-Germanic *krusl- (cf. East Frisian krull "lock of hair," Middle High German krol, Norwegian krull, Danish krølle "curl"). The noun is recorded from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with curl one's hair

curl one's hair

see make one's hair stand on end (curl).

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