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

Translation of curl in Spanish:

noun

  • 1.1 (of hair)
    Example sentences
    • Shower and shampoo has left my hair in an uncontrollable mass of curls and tangles.
    • My hair was in spiral curls that hung loosely around my face, forming a dark shadow around my glowing face.
    • Her hair was damp too, making her usually straight hair coil up in small curls.
    Example sentences
    • Finally, for you curly heads, don't towel dry your hair because it'll break up your natural curl, creating lackluster, frizzy hair.
    • Personally I hate my hair; it tends to have a natural curl to it, so I cut it to prevent it from getting out of control.
    • My blonde tresses had caused me trouble ever since I had my haircut up to my shoulders, from a previous length of my waist, and the natural curl came out.
    1.2 (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.
    1.3 (of smoke)

transitive verb

intransitive verb

  • 1.1
    (hair)
    rizarse
    ensortijarse [literary]
    encresparse (Southern Cone)
    enchinarse (Mexico)
    enrularse (River Plate area)
    1.2
    (paper/leaf/edge)
    ondularse
    rizarse
    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!
    1.3 (spiral)
    (path)
    serpentear
    (smoke)
    formar or hacer volutas
    subir en espirales
    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.

Phrasal verbs

curl up

verb + adverb
1.1 (twist)
(leaf/pages)
ondularse
rizarse
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 or (Spain) repantigarse en un sillón con un buen libro
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
1.2 (rise)
(smoke/steam)
subir en espirales
formar or hacer volutas

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