Definition of curdle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəːd(ə)l/


Separate or cause to separate into curds or lumps: [no object]: take care not to let the soup boil or it will curdle [with object]: rennet is used for making cheese by curdling milk
More example sentences
  • The curd which is half curdled has been considered as a totally unwholesome food item.
  • There are records of cheesemakers is the Scottish Highlanders, Cheshire and Gloucestershire using Lady's Bedstraw to curdle milk and colour their cheese.
  • If the tub can be left for a decent period of time in direct sunlight, so the cream begins to separate and curdle, all the better.
clot, coagulate, congeal, separate into curds/lumps, solidify, thicken, condense;
turn, turn sour, sour, ferment


make someone's blood curdle

Fill someone with horror: there were atrocities on both sides which would make your blood curdle
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  • Thinking back, it makes my blood curdle because I played without a helmet and with little padding.
  • The '68 original remains the one to make your blood curdle.
  • And what we get is responses that just make your blood curdle when you get them back.



Example sentences
  • Used at night, the curdler unit can produce a voodoo effect used to break up chanting, singing and clapping.
  • The squawk box or sound curdler uses two loudspeakers of 350 watt output to emit two slightly different frequencies which combine in the ear to produce a shrill shrieking noise.
  • The most dangerous blood curdlers are anger and stress.


Late 16th century: frequentative of obsolete curd 'congeal'.

Words that rhyme with curdle

engirdle, girdle, hurdle, nurdle

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