Definition of curl noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kɜːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɜːrl//
    Describing hair
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  1. 1  [countable] a small bunch of hair that forms a curved or round shape Her hair was a mass of curls. The baby had dark eyes and dark curls. See related entries: Describing hair
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] the tendency of hair to form curls His hair had a natural curl.
  3. 3[countable] a thing that forms a curved or round shape a curl of smoke Decorate the cake with curls of chocolate. a contemptuous curl of the lip (= an expression showing disapproval)
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from obsolete crulle ‘curly’, from Middle Dutch krul.Extra examples He carefully teased his curls into place. Her auburn curls tumbled about her face. Her face was framed by a mop of black curls. Her hair lost its curl as she got older. Her hair was styled into a cascade of spiral curls. His hair had a slight curl to it. His hair spilled in curls over his forehead. She has beautiful blonde curls. She pushed a stray curl away from her eyes. She raked a comb through her curls. She shook her dark curls sadly. She smoothed down her tangled curls.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: curl