[ kurb ]
/ kɜrb /

noun, verb (used with object) British.

Nearby words

  1. keratosis piloris atrophicans faciei,
  2. keratosulfate,
  3. keratotic,
  4. keratotome,
  5. keratotomy,
  6. kerb appeal,
  7. kerb crawling,
  8. kerb drill,
  9. kerb market,
  10. kerb weight

Can be confusedcurb kerb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kerb


US and Canadian curb

/ (kɜːb) /


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


(tr) to provide with or enclose with a kerb

Word Origin for kerb

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

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Word Origin and History for kerb



1660s, a variant of curb (q.v.). The preferred British English spelling in certain specialized senses, especially "edging of stone on a pavement" (1805).

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