[ kurb ]

noun, verb (used with object)British.

Words that may be confused with kerb

Words Nearby kerb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use kerb in a sentence

  • After an interval Norman spoke again, "The carriage turned right over—her head struck on the kerb stone—"

    The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
  • At the top of the boulevard there was a barrow of flowers drawn up alongside the kerb.

    Marguerite | Anatole France
  • We have known him to disport for half a day upon the kerb-stone, carrying on with all his might to whomsoever would endure it.

  • At that moment an errand-boy was slowly propelling a carrier tricycle along by the kerb.

  • A big fire burned there behind a wire guard, and within the iron kerb stood the kettle he had boiled to make tea.

    Gray youth | Oliver Onions

British Dictionary definitions for kerb


US and Canadian curb

/ (kɜːb) /

  1. a line of stone or concrete forming an edge between a pavement and a roadway, so that the pavement is some 15 cm above the level of the road

  1. (tr) to provide with or enclose with a kerb

Origin of kerb

C17: from Old French courbe bent, from Latin curvus; see curve

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