curling

[ kur-ling ]
/ ˈkɜr lɪŋ /

noun

a game played on ice in which two teams of four players each compete in sliding large stones toward a mark in the center of a circle.Compare house(def 20).

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Origin of curling

1610–20; perhaps curl + -ing1, from the motion imparted to the sliding stones

Definition for curling (2 of 2)

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 curling (1 of 2)

curling
/ (ˈkɜːlɪŋ) /

noun

a game played on ice, esp in Scotland and Canada, in which heavy stones with handles (curling stones) are slid towards a target (tee)

British Dictionary definitions for curling (2 of 2)

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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