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v. curled, curl·ing, curls
1. To twist (the hair, for example) into ringlets or coils.
2. To form into a coiled or spiral shape: curled the ends of the ribbon.
3. To decorate with coiled or spiral shapes.
4. To raise and turn under (the upper lip), as in snarling or showing scorn.
5. Sports To lift (a weight) by performing a curl.
1. To form ringlets or coils.
2. To assume a spiral or curved shape.
3. To move in a curve or spiral: The wave curled over the surfer.
4. Sports To engage in curling.
1. Something with a spiral or coiled shape.
2. A coil or ringlet of hair.
3. A treatment in which the hair is curled.
a. The act of curling: the curl of a meandering river.
b. The state of being curled.
5. Sports A weightlifting exercise using one or two hands, in which a weight held at the thigh or to the side of the body is raised to the chest or shoulder and then lowered without moving the upper arms, shoulders, or back.
6. Any of various plant diseases in which the leaves roll up.
Phrasal Verb:
curl up
To assume a position with the legs drawn up: The child curled up in an armchair to read.

[Middle English crullen, curlen, from crulle, curly, perhaps of Middle Low German origin.]


in a curved or spiral shape or position
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.curled - of hair having curls
curly - (of hair) having curls or waves; "they envied her naturally curly hair"
References in classic literature ?
I've never curled it since Peter almost died, but I simply must tomorrow night, for all the other girls are going to have theirs in curls.
Miss Temple, Miss Temple, what--WHAT is that girl with curled hair?
You have enough to eat and drink: You are respected in the world: And at the barber's, as I think, You often get your whiskers curled.
His thick black moustaches, curled every morning with hot tongs by the barber at the corner of the quay, seemed to hide a perpetual smile.
I killed him, and curled him up on the foot of Jim's blanket, ever so natural, thinking there'd be some fun when Jim found him there.
For a time Jerry tried to stand the watch with Skipper, but he soon curled up and dozed off, partly on the deck and partly on Skipper's bare feet.
IN THE WINTERTIME, a Dog curled up in as small a space as possible on account of the cold, determined to make himself a house.