verb (used with or without object)

to straighten or become straightened out from a curl or curled position.

Origin of uncurl

First recorded in 1580–90; un-2 + curl
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Examples from the Web for uncurl

Historical Examples of uncurl

  • The rest began to uncurl in the box, and she discovered what had happened.

    A Modern Tomboy

    L. T. Meade

  • The flower is to open more widely; the inner ring of petals must uncurl.


    Evelyn Underhill

  • He swayed slightly, shifting his weight, and his big toe began once more to curl and uncurl.

  • The head seemed the only thing alive about him, except that slow curl and uncurl of the laboring back-muscles.

  • The boys left the hedgehog to uncurl himself when he pleased, and next went to a cucumber frame where Charley kept a pet toad.


    Caroline Hadley

British Dictionary definitions for uncurl



to move or cause to move out of a curled or rolled up position
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