Translation of curl in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /kɜːrl; kɜːl/


  • 1.1 (of hair) rizo (masculine), rulo (masculine) (Southern Cone/Cono Sur) , chino (masculine) (Mexico/México) ; (ringlet) bucle (masculine), tirabuzón (masculine)
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    • 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.
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    • 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
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    • 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) voluta (feminine)

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 [hair] rizarse*, ensortijarse [literary/literario], encresparse (Southern Cone/Cono Sur) , enchinarse (Mexico/México) , enrularse (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) 1.2 [paper/leaf/edge] ondularse, rizarse* 1.3 (spiral) [path] serpentear; [smoke] formar or hacer* volutas, subir en espirales

Phrasal verbs

curl up

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
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/España) repantigarse* en un sillón con un buen libro I was so embarrassed, I just wanted to curl up and die [colloquial/familiar] 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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