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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

  • 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
    ensortijarse [literary]
    encresparse (Southern Cone)
    enchinarse (Mexico)
    enrularse (River Plate area)
    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 or 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 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
2 (rise)
subir en espirales
formar or hacer volutas
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