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curly

[kur-lee] /ˈkɜr li/
adjective, curlier, curliest.
1.
curling or tending to curl:
curly blond hair.
2.
having curls (usually used in combination):
curlyheaded.
3.
having a rippled or undulating appearance, as cut and finished wood:
curly maple.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; curl + -y1
Related forms
curliness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for curliness

curly

/ˈkɜːlɪ/
adjective curlier, curliest
1.
tending to curl; curling
2.
having curls
3.
(of timber) having irregular curves or waves in the grain
4.
(Austral & NZ) difficult to counter or answer: a curly question
Derived Forms
curliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for curliness

curly

adj.

1770s, from curl + -y (2); earliest use is of hair. Related: Curliness.

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