- 1[intransitive] to swear He hit his head as he stood up and cursed loudly.
- 2[transitive] to say rude things to somebody or think rude things about somebody/something curse somebody/something/yourself She cursed her bad luck. curse somebody/something/yourself for something He cursed himself for his stupidity.
- 3[transitive] curse somebody/something to use a magic word or phrase against somebody in order to harm them Legend has it that the whole village had been cursed by a witch. compare hex Word Origin Old English, of unknown origin.Extra examples He cursed under his breath as the hammer slipped. He was now cursing the day he ever got involved. He was now cursing the day he had ever got involved in the project. I cursed her roundly for being late. She cursed her luck that she had had to queue for so long. She was cursing and screaming at me just because I was late. He hit his head as he stood up and cursed under his breath. Phrasal Verbsbe cursed with something
BrE BrE//kɜːs//; NAmE NAmE//kɜːrs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they curse
BrE BrE//kɜːs//; NAmE NAmE//kɜːrs//he / she / it curses
BrE BrE//ˈkɜːsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɜːrsɪz//past simple cursed
BrE BrE//kɜːs//; NAmE NAmE//kɜːrs//past participle cursed
BrE BrE//kɜːs//; NAmE NAmE//kɜːrs//-ing form cursing
BrE BrE//ˈkɜːsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɜːrsɪŋ//