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British English: /kəːl/
American English: /kərl/

Translation of curl in French:


  • 1 (of hair) to wear one's hair in curls
    avoir les cheveux bouclés

transitive verb

  • 2 (wind, coil) (person, animal) to curl one's fingers around something
    saisir quelque chose
    to curl one's toes around something
    saisir quelque chose avec ses orteils
    to curl oneself ou one's body around something
    (person, cat)
    se pelotonner contre quelque chose
    to curl itself around something
    (snake, caterpillar)
    s'enrouler autour de quelque chose
    to curl one's legs under oneself
    replier les jambes sous soi
    to curl one's lip
    retrousser ses babines

intransitive verb

  • (hair)
    (edges, corner, leaf)
    se racornir
    to curl around something
    s'enrouler autour de quelque chose
    smoke curled upwards
    la fumée montait en volutes
    his lip curled
    il fit une moue dédaigneuse


to curl up and die

rentrer dans un trou de souris

to make somebody's hair curl

(in shock)
faire dresser les cheveux sur la tête de quelqu'un

Phrasal verbs

curl up

1 curl up
se pelotonner
(cat, dog)
se mettre en rond
(edges, corner, leaf)
se racornir
to curl up in bed/in a chair
se blottir dans son lit/dans un fauteuil
to be curled up on the sofa
être blotti sur le canapé
to curl up into a ball
se recroqueviller
se mettre en boule
to curl up with laughter (informal) to curl up at the edges
(photo, paper)
2 curl up [something], curl [something] up
(heat, moisture) (paper, leaf)
(edges, corner)
to curl oneself up
se recroqueviller

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