- curl [kʉrl]vt.[ME curlen, by metathesis < crullen, to curl, bend, twist < crul, curly, akin to Du krul < Gmc * kruzla < IE * greu-s < base * ger-: see CRADLE]1. to wind or twist (esp. hair) into ringlets or coils2. to cause to roll over or bend around3. to raise the upper corner of (the lip), as in showing contempt or scornvi.1. to form curls; become curled2. to assume a spiral or curved shape3. to move in spirals; undulate4. to play the game of curlingn.1. a little coil of hair; ringlet2. anything with a spiral or curled shape; any coil3. a curling or being curled4. any of various diseases of plants in which the leaves curl up5. an exercise in which a weight or other resistance is pulled upward in a curl-like motion by a fully extended arm or leg——————curl up1. to gather into spirals or curls; roll up2. to sit or lie with the legs drawn up3. Informal to collapse; break down——————in curlcurled
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.