spit curl

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noun

a tight curl of hair, usually pressed against the forehead or cheek.

Nearby words

  1. spiry,
  2. spissatus,
  3. spissitude,
  4. spit,
  5. spit and polish,
  6. spit in the ocean,
  7. spit take,
  8. spit up,
  9. spit-shine,
  10. spital

Origin of spit curl

First recorded in 1825–35

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Examples from the Web for spit curl

  • John Davis got his mutton cooked bi a spit-curl that waz dangling on Angeline Brown's forehead.

    Josh Billings on Ice|Henry Wheeler Shaw


British Dictionary definitions for spit curl

spit curl

noun

US and Canadian a circular curl of hair pressed flat against the cheek or foreheadAlso called (esp British): kiss curl

Word Origin for spit curl

perhaps so called because it is sometimes plastered down with spittle

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