curly

[ kur-lee ]
/ ˈkɜr li /

adjective, curl·i·er, curl·i·est.

curling or tending to curl: curly blond hair.
having curls (usually used in combination): curlyheaded.
having a rippled or undulating appearance, as cut and finished wood: curly maple.

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Origin of curly

First recorded in 1720–30; curl + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM curly

curl·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for curly

curly
/ (ˈkɜːlɪ) /

adjective curlier or curliest

tending to curl; curling
having curls
(of timber) having irregular curves or waves in the grain
Australian and NZ difficult to counter or answera curly question

Derived forms of curly

curliness, noun
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