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

Translation of curl in Spanish:


  • 2 (of lips)
    mueca (feminine) de desprecio
    Example sentences
    • Unfortunately, while we might be prepared to complain about deficiencies in our own immediate locality, when we see a mess further afield we tend to pass it by with a curl of the lip.
    • He, apparently ruthless in his ambition, gave up on mainstream politics with barely a curl of those famous lips.
    • I read over my recent entries with a curl to my lip; I'm not at my sparkling best in winter.

transitive verb

  • 1 (hair)
    encrespar (Southern Cone)
    enchinar (Mexico)
    enrular (Río de la Plata)
    Example sentences
    • He looks sun-tanned and well, clearly enjoying his cup of tea as he daintily curls his fingers round the handle.
    • She was deep in conversation with the girl sitting by her, bent forward, her hair curling round her face, her eyes wide.
    • You've known him for less than a week, and he's already got you curled round his little finger!
  • 2 (twist, bend) to curl one's lip
    hacer una mueca
    torcer el gesto
    the snake curled itself around the branch
    la serpiente se enroscó or se enrolló alrededor de la rama
    she curled herself into a ball
    se hizo un ovillo

intransitive verb

  • 1 (hair)
    ensortijarse [literary]
    encresparse (Southern Cone)
    enchinarse (Mexico)
    enrularse (Río de la Plata)
    Example sentences
    • Doc turned us on a straight line for the wagon train and they curled off their course to meet us.
    • I felt my stomach backflip as the smoke curled around me.
    • Her smoke curled toward the light over the table where a moth was bumping against the bulb.
  • 2
  • 3 (spiral)
    formar volutas
    hacer volutas
    subir en espirales

Phrasal verbs

curl up

verb + adverb
1 (twist)
the cat curled up in front of the fire
el gato se hizo un ovillo frente a la chimenea
to curl up in a chair with a good book
acurrucarse or repatingarse en un sillón con un buen libro
repantigarse en un sillón con un buen libro (Spain)
I was so embarrassed, I just wanted to curl up and die [colloquial]
me dio tanta vergüenza que hubiera querido que la tierra me tragara
2 (rise)
subir en espirales
formar volutas
hacer volutas
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