Reverse Dictionary: CUP – CUR

cup by cup; a cupful at a time CUPMEAL 1362 obs. rare

a cup • SCAULDEEN 1867 Ireland
a cup; a dish; a goblet • SHALE c1075 obs.
a cup, a glass; a bowl, a goblet • TAIZIE 1808 Sc.
a cup, a glass, bowl, goblet, drinking vessel, esp. for spirits • TASS 1704 Sc.
a cup, a glass, bowl, goblet, drinking vessel, esp. for spirits • TASSIE 1788 Sc.
a cup; a wooden dish • SCEWSKEW 1561 cant  obs.
a cup or mug, a drinking vessel • BOWL 1887 Amer. dial.
a large cup or tankard; a cup filled to the brim • FACER 1527 obs.
– a little cup • CUPLET 1885

a corruption of ‘cupboard’ • CABBER 1757 Sc. obs.
a cupboard • MOTHER HUBBARD L19 rhyming sl.
– a cupboard • PRESSER 1503
a cupboard; an ‘aumry’ • LAMRIE 1924 Sc.
– a cupboard, a wardrobe • PRESSOUR 1444 obs.
a cupboard for the storage of foodstuffs; a pantry • LOCKER 1899 Amer. dial.
a cupboard or chest where food is kept, a pantry • ALMERYAMBRYAUMBRYAUMRY 1768 Eng. dial.
a cupboard or press, probably used for holding wooden vessel used at meals CAP-AMBRY Bk1888 obs. exc. Sc.
a cupboard or wardrobe DARK-CLOSET 1726 obs.
a dark cupboard or hole SCOB SKOB 1790 Eng. dial.
– a large cupboard, esp. one placed in a recess in the wall, for holding linen, clothes, book, etc., or food, plates, dishes, and other kitchen items • PRESS c1387
– a small cupboard • CUDDY-HOLE 1848 Amer. dial.
– a small cupboard or closet CUDDY 1793
– a small cupboard or press in the wall BOAL 1930 Amer. dial.
a small open cupboard THACKER Bk1905 Eng. dial.
a store cupboard WARESTALL 1508 Sc. obs.
– a ventilated cupboard for meat GARDEVIANCE 1459 obs.

a cupful or glassful THINKLE Bk1905 Eng. dial.

curable, remediable HEALABLE 1570 rare
curable; that may be healed SANABLE 1656 obs.
curative; conducive to healing SANATORY a1832
curative; healing; having the power to heal SANATIVE a1400
– curative; pert. to curing or healing CURATORY 1644
curative; that heals or is concerned with healing SANABLE 1597 obs. rare
good for all diseases, of the nature of a panacea PANCRASTICAL 1698 obs.
half-cured, always ailing, very frail and delicate in constitution PALCHED 1891 Eng. dial.
half-cured, always ailing, very frail and delicate in constitution PALCHY 1897 Eng. dial.
of a cure: superficial or temporary PALLIATE a1625 obs.

a being curable SANABILITY 1860
a being curable SANABLENESS 1727 obs.
a cure, remedy, or medicine reputed to heal all diseases PANACY a1690 obs. rare
a cure, remedy, or medicine reputed to heal all diseases PANCHREST 1727 obs.
a cure, remedy, or medicine reputed to heal all diseases PANCHRESTON 1632 obs.
– a curing; healing, cure CURATION c1374 obs.
cure, healing HEALTH c1000 obs.
cure, healing, recovery from sickness HEAL c1175 obs. exc. Sc. obs.
cure, improvement; amelioration of conduct, health, etc. MENDS 1721 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– cure, remedy; health, well-being, welfare HALE a1200 obs.

– a female curer or healer CURATRIX 1678 obs. nonce word
a person who cures speedily TACHYIATER 1898

to cure a person of a sickness or trouble WARISH c1250 obs.
to cure a person of a wound; to heal a wound CHEER c1540 obs.
to cure, as a doctor; to give or inflict the complete treatment GIVE ONE THE WORKS c1930 sl., orig. US
to cure from sickness or trouble UNBIND c950 obs.
to cure, to heal LEECH c1200 rare
to cure, to heal SANE c1386 obs.
to cure, to heal; to administer medicine LECHNE c900 obs.
to cure, to relieve, to heal; to remedy BOOT c1330 obs.
to half-cure a sick person PALCH PALTCH 1846 Eng. dial.

a nickname for a curate CODS L18 sl.

to curb, to encumber, to restrain, to hamper, to frustrate LANGLE 1713 Sc.
to curb, to fetter, to restrain HAMSHACKLE 1802
to curb; to oppress, to keep under, to master NEW 1768 Sc.

curdled, clotted; soured QUARRED 1599 obs. exc. Eng. dial.

the curdling of milk LAPPERING 1880 Sc.

– to curdle BECLIP c1400 obs.
to curdle EARN 1674 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
to curdle QUARL 1607 obs. rare
to curdle or form flakes on the surface of coffee or tea; said of milk or cream FEATHER 1816 Amer. dial.
to curdle; said of milk BREAK Bk1911 Sc.
to curdle, to clot, to cake ATTER Bk1898 Eng. dial.
to curdle, to clot, to coagulate; said of milk or blood LAPPER 1768 Sc.
to curdle; to coagulate CRUDDLE CRUDLE 1579 obs.
to curdle, to coagulate QUAIL c1430 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
to curdle, to coagulate QUAR 1578 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
to curdle, to coagulate YEARN 1371-3 chiefly Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
to curdle, to coagulate, to sour and become thick; said of milk LOBBER 1856 Amer. dial.
to curdle, to coagulate, to sour and become thick; said of milk LOPPER a1300
to curdle, to turn sour; said of milk or cream BING 1860 Eng. dial.
to make to curdle, to cause to coagulate SAM 1788 Eng. dial.


a curfew KID WHISTLE Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– curfew PUMPKIN TIME Bk1970 US sl.

– a curio; something intricately or fancifully elaborated • CRINKUM-CRANKUM 1670
a small curio or artistic trinket BIBELOT L19

curious QUEEROUS 1903 Amer. dial.
curious QUERIOUS 1835 Sc.
curious; eager to discover or learn; tending to search out, bent on searching out EXQUISITIVE 1818 obs.
curious; fanciful, fantastic FANTASQUE 1701 rare
curious; intrusively inquisitive, prying POKE-NOSE 1862 Amer. sl.
curious; intrusively inquisitive, prying POKE-NOSED 1942 Amer. sl.
curious; nosy, inquisitive, intrusive NEBBY L19 Ulster & Amer. dial.
curious; nosy, inquisitive, intrusive NEBBY-NOSED 1968 Amer. dial.
– curious, odd, peculiar, strange CURIOUSSOME 1957 Amer. dial.
– curious, odd, peculiar, strange CURISOME 1884 Amer. dial.
– curious, unusual CUMOLDICTIOUS 1944 Amer. dial.

a curiosity; a strange or unusual thing or tale; a novelty or piece of news; a wonder UNCO 1785 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– a curiosity; something unusual • CUMOLDICTION 1944 Amer. dial.
a curious or strange circumstance; a queer thing, an oddity QUEERY QUERY 1835 Sc. & Eng. dial.
curiosities WONDERMENTS Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
curiosity; an event, occurrence INSTANCE Bk1902 Eng. dial.
curiosity, inquisitiveness; a curious object KEERIOSITY KIRIOSITY QUEERIOSITY 1706 Sc.
curiosity; love of news or gossip QUID-NUNC-ISM 1847 nonce word
curiosity; love of news or gossip QUIDNUNCKERY 1804 nonce word

a curious or eccentric person or object KEERIOSITY KIRIOSITY QUEERIOSITY 1706 Sc.
a curious or peculiar person THUMMART 1822 Sc. obs.
a man devoid of curiosity FYSIGUNKUS B1900 Sc.
an overly curious person; a gossip or snoop ZOOT SNOOT Bk1975 Amer. sl.
– a person who stops to look at something out of curiosity, esp. when such attention is unwelcome • LOOKY-LOO • LOOKY-LOU 1978 colloq.

– characterized by fantastic curls CURLY-MURLY 1728 obs.
– curled; closely and stiffly curled; said of hair CRISPED c1400
– curling and twisting CURLY-WURLY 1853 colloq.
curling, curly CRAMPAND a1500 Sc. obs.
– curly CRULL c1300 obs.
– curly; said of hair CRISP c900
curly, twisted, tangled QUIRLICHIE 1928 Sc.
– curly, wavy CRISPY 1398
– minutely curled or crinkled CRAPED 1728
tending to curl up PIRLIE B1900 Sc.
– tightly curled; said of hair CRINKLY 1750

a curl, a love-lock HEARTBREAKER 1663
– a curl, a twirled mark or sign TWIDDLE 1774
a curl, a twist, a twirl QUERL QUIRL 1880 US
– a curled condition • CRISPATION 1626
a curl of hair BERGER 1690 obs. rare
– a curl of hair • SWIRL 1786
– a curl of hair; esp. a short or close curl • CRISP 1638 obs.
a curl on the temple MEAT-HOOK 1887 Cockney sl.
– a fantastic curl or twist CURLY-MURLY 1756 obs.
a little curl or ringlet CURLET 1803 rare
– a minute curl or undulation • CRISPLE 1594 obs. rare
– an instrument for curling the hair • CRISPING-CROOK a1400
– an instrument for curling the hair • CRISPING-IRON a1640
– an instrument for curling the hair • CRISPING-PIN 1568
– an instrument for curling the hair • CRISPING-TONGS 1773
– a short crisp curl • FRIZZLE 1613
– a small curl lying flat on the forehead • CRUCHE a1685 obs.
– curledness • CRISPITUDE 1656 obs. rare
curly flakes; anything curly and fluttering, e.g. wisps of cloth, clouds FARLE 1900 Sc.

CURL etc. – verbs
– to curl • CREIS 1553 Sc. obs.
to curl hair CROOK 1340 obs. rare
– to curl hair in small crisp curls • FRIZZLE 1565-73
– to curl hair; to form into ringlets CRAPE 1774 US
– to curl hair; to make curved; to bend CURVIFY 1604 obs.
– to curl in short stiff curls • CRISP 1583
– to curl minutely; to ripple • CRISPLE 1594 obs. rare
– to curl or crisp the hair • FRIZZ 1660
– to curl or frizz the hair, a wig, etc. • FROUNCE a1529
– to curl or twist hair • FURL 1606 obs.
– to curl, to bend, to curve, to twist • CRALL a1475 obs.
to curl, to form ringlets INANULATE 1592 obs. rare
to curl, to gnarl, to twist, to distort RUNKLE 1722 Sc.
– to curl, to frizz • FROWZE 1611 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
to curl, to wrinkle, to crumple, to crinkle CRIMPLE c1440 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– to curl up, to bend into a curve • CRUMP 1480 obs.
to curl up, to coil; to twist QUEEL 1866 Eng. dial.
to furnish or deck with minute curling or convoluted threads PAMPINULATE 1592 obs. nonce word
– to make the hair curly and wavy; to frizzle • CRAPE 1774 obs.

a curlicue QUIRLICUE 1885
– a curlicue; a little flourish on handwriting • CURLY 1965 Amer. dial.
– a curlicue; a little flourish on handwriting • CURVICUE 1851 Amer. dial.

of ice in curling: crisp, smooth KEEN 1833 Sc.

a curling rink ICE-GROUND 1911 Sc.
a curling rink ROARING RINK 1804 Sc.
a curling rink; the number of players required to play on a rink RACK 1784 Sc.
a curling stone ICE-STONE a1822 Sc.
a curling stone QUOIT 1809 Sc.
a curling stone QUOITING-STONE 1827 rare
a curling stone ROARING-STONE 1844 Sc.
a curling stone moving too fast ROARER 1904 Sc.
a cut made in the ice to keep the player’s foot from slipping when delivering the stone HACK 1811 Sc.
a rock curled into an open house or into the house without rubbing or knocking out another rock COLD DRAW 1964 Can.
a stone played forcibly which dislodges other stones blocking the tee RIDER 1891 Sc.
the game of curling ROARING GAME 1877 Sc.
the game of curling ROARING PLAY 1786 Sc.
the game of curling QUITING 1811 Sc.
the game of curling QUOITING 1811 Sc.
the ice at the heads or ends of a rink HEAD-ICE 1853 Sc.
the noise made by a curling-stone travelling with velocity up the ice ROAR 1853 Sc.

– the first player on each side in a game LEADER 1789 Sc.

to drive one’s stone with such force as to carry before it an opponent’s stone RIDE 1805 Sc.
to make a roaring noise as it moves on the ice with great velocity; said of a curling stone ROAR 1805 Sc.
to play at the game of curling; to throw curling-stones QUOIT 1811 Sc.
to play one stone so as to touch another very gently BREAK AN EGG 1871 Sc.
to strike and move forward another stone of one’s own side towards the tee RAISE 1844 Sc.

– a curling iron CRISPING PIN 1790 US

– currency CURRY 1760 US, shortened form
currency (of money) GANG 1488 obs.

of a current or stream: impetuous, violent HEADY 1599
– of a current, tide, etc.: rushing along DOWNLONG 1876 obs.

a current; a streamlet or rivulet VEIN 1600 obs.
a current in the sea caused by a furious tide, but taking a different course from it BIRTH 1700 Sc.
an undercurrent flowing in a direction opposite to that of the surface water, underflow UNDERSOOK 1904 Sc.
– a rapid current; a rapid • SWIFT 1661 obs. rare
– a small current travelling seaward from shore BABY RIP 1990 US sl.  – a strong current, a vortex INDRAUGHT 1795 Sc.
a strong current in the sea or a river RACE 1375
a strong or rapid current RAT 1753 obs.
the current of the sea RIDE 1892 Sc.

a curry RUBY (MURRAY) n. 1983 UK rhyming sl.

– currying favour, servilely flattering ADULATORIOUS 1664 obs.
– a currying favour; an instance of attempting to curry favour; an attempt to impress a superior with one’s ability or importance BAG-PLAY Bk1975 US sl.
– a currying of favour; toadying ASS-KISSING 1942 Amer. sl.
– an attempt to curry favour QUILL 1918 Amer. dial.
– an effort to curry favour; a fawning or subservient action or remark BOOT 1908 Amer. dial.
– currying favour, toadying APPLE-POLISHING 1926 US colloq.
– a person who attempts to curry favour with a superior; a toady, a flatterer APPLE-POLISHER 1918 US colloq.
– a person who attempts to curry favour with insincere flattery; a sycophant, a toady HANDSHAKER 1884 US colloq.
– a person who ‘creeps’ for favours; a toady LICKER 1970s Brit. sl.
– a person who curries favour APPLE-KNOCKER 1965 Amer. dial.
– a person who curries favour APPLE-PUSHER 1965 Amer. dial.
– a person who curries favour APPLE-SHINER 1935 Amer. dial.
– a person who curries favour APPLE-WASHER 1965 Amer. dial.
– a person who curries favour APPROACHER 1970 Amer. dial.
– a person who curries favour ARSE-KISSER ASS-KISSER 1766 US sl.
– a person who curries favour ASS-KISS 1966 Amer. dial.
– a person who curries favour ASS-LICK 1977 Amer. sl.
– a person who curries favour ASS-LICKER 1939 Amer. dial.
– a person who curries favour ASS-SUCKER 1943 Amer. sl.
– a person who curries favour ASS WIPE 1952 Amer. sl.
– a person who curries favour ASS-WIPER 1950 Amer. sl.
– a person who curries favour A-WIPER 1968 Amer. dial.
– a person who curries favour BOOTLICK 1849 Amer. dial.
– a person who curries favour BOOTLICKER 1846 Brit. sl.
– a person who curries favour BROWN 1965 Amer. dial.
– a person who curries favour BROWNIE 1965 Amer. dial.
– a person who curries favour BROWN-NOSE 1938 sl., orig. US military usage
– a person who curries favour BROWN-NOSER 1950 sl., orig. US military usage
– a person who curries favour BROWN PAPER 1968 Amer. dial.
– a person who curries favour BUCKER Bk1942 US sl.
– a person who curries favour CHEESE-EATER 1970 Amer. dial.
– a person who curries favour CURRIER c1530
– a person who curries favour EAR-BANGER Bk1942 US sl.
– a person who curries favour GRAPE PICKER 1958 Amer. dial.
– a person who curries favour HEEL-LICKER 1960 Amer. dial.
– a person who curries favour INK-HORN Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– a person who curries favour SCADGE 1896 Sc.
– a person who curries favour TAG-TAIL 1834
– a person who curries favour; one who tries to please men; an officious or servile person who courts favour PLEASE-MAN 1588 obs. rare
– a person who curries favour with superiors or social groups in order to increase his own status HEELER Bk1975 Amer. sl. arch.
– a person who tries too hard to gain somebody’s favour PECKER-SUCKER 1968 Amer. dial.
– a person who tries too hard to gain somebody’s favour NOSE BOX 1968 Amer. dial.
– a person who tries too hard to gain someone’s favour BEGGAR 1968 Amer. dial.
– a person who tries too hard to gain someone’s favour BIRD-DOGGER 1967 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour APPLEKNOCK 1969 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour APPLE-SHINE 1969 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour APPLE UP 1968 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour BAIT 1968 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour BOOT 1946 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour DIRTY-NOSE Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– to curry favour EGG SUCK 1970s US sl.
– to curry favour GET IN THE BROWN WITH Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– to curry favour HANG A HAM Bk1947 Amer. sl.
– to curry favour PLUCK DINGLES Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– to curry favour SUCK ASS Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– to curry favour SWING ON THE MEAT Bk1947 Amer. sl.
– to curry favour, as with a teacher POLISH APPLES 1927 US sl.
– to curry favour by flattering; to ingratiate oneself MAKE ONE’S ALLEY GOOD 1909 Aust. & NZ sl.
– to curry favour by flattering; to ingratiate oneself MAKE ONE’S MARBLE GOOD 1909 Aust. & NZ sl.
– to curry favour by obsequious behaviour AK 1939 US sl., (Ass-Kiss)
– to curry favour in a self-degrading manner; to toady ASS-LICK 1937 sl., orig. US
– to curry favour successfully ACE IN 1920s tramps’ sl.
– to curry favour through obsequious conduct NOSE 1968 US sl.
– to curry favour; to act the sycophant KISS-ASS M20 US sl.
– to curry favour; to act the sycophant POLISH THE APPLE 1920s sl.
– to curry favour; to behave in sycophantic manner • BRED 2002 UK sl.
– to curry favour, to behave obsequiously BROWN-NOSE 1935 sl.
– to curry favour; to brown-nose, to toady CHEW 1970 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour; to fawn upon; to flatter BAUM 1851 US sl.
– to curry favour; to flatter BONE BOOTLICK 1940s World War II usage
– to curry favour; to flatter and cajole • SUCK ASS 1940s US sl.
– to curry favour; to ingratiate oneself with one’s superiors PEE-HEE 1939 sl.
– to curry favour;’ to ingratiate oneself with someone by means of flattery or the like BANG EARS 1946 US Navy & Marine Corps usage
– to curry favour, to play up to CHEESE 1974 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour, to seek friendship for personal gain BUDDY UP 1966 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour, to toady APPLE POLISH 1930s sl.
– to curry favour, to toady BUCK Bk1947 Amer. sl.
– to curry favour, to toady GOODY UP 1967 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour, to toady; to be excessively deferential or ingratiating BROWN 1940s World War II Amer. sl.
– to curry favour, to toady; to be excessively deferential or ingratiating BROWNIE 1965 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour, to toady; to be excessively deferential or ingratiating BROWN PAPER 1968 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour; to toady; to fawn on; to pester PENNY-DOG 1914 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour; to toady; to fawn on; to pester PENNY-FEIST 1939 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour, to toady to, to ingratiate oneself with EAT CHEESE 1968 sl.
– to curry favour with ASS UP TO 1970 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour with GRAPE UP (TO) 1967 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour with MAKE FAIR WEATHER WITH 1598 obs.
– to curry favour with SET UP TO 1845 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour with POLISH UP 1965 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour with SIT UP TO 1845 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour with SUCK IN 1899 Sc.
– to curry favour with TOTE MILK TO 1967 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour with in a self-degrading manner BUTT-SUCK 1973 Amer. sl.
– to curry favour with in a self-degrading manner; to toady; to behave obsequiously to ASS-KISS 1961 Amer. sl.
– to curry favour with someone, esp. in a blatant or degrading manner LICK SOMEONE’S ASS SUCK SOMEONE’S ASS 1864 Amer. sl.
– to curry favour with someone in a blatant manner HAVE ONE’S NOSE UP SOMEONE’S ASS 1971 Amer. sl.
– to curry favour with the authorities; said of an inmate SCAB 1970s NZ prison sl.
– to curry favour with the masses CHASE CHEERS 1930s Aust. sl.
– to curry favour with; to behave obsequiously towards; to toady BUM-SUCK 1918 Brit. sl., derogatory
– to curry favour with; to court, to flatter, to ingratiate oneself with; originally as part of a deception or swindle NUT 1789 sl. obs.
– to curry favour with; to do subservient things to gain one’s favour; to toady BOOTLICK 1845 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour with; to flatter or attend to with servility TOADY 1827
– to curry favour with; to flatter or praise a person, esp. as a means of gaining favour or advantage BUTTER (UP) 1700
– to curry favour with; to pamper, to spoil, to treat well FEATHER 1939 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour with; to toady QUILL 1918 Amer. dial.
– to curry favour with; to toady to SUCK UP TO 1860 schoolboy sl.
– to demean oneself as a means of currying favour with someone CREEP UP SOMEONE’S ASS 1698 sl.
– to try to gain somebody’s favour • COUSIN UP 1967 Amer. dial.
– to work frantically, particularly to curry favour RUN THE LOOP Bk1970 US high school sl.

– cursing and swearing; blasphemous; using vile reproachful language BLASPHEMATORY 1611 obs.
– deserving of cursing; execrable WARIABLE 1382 obs.
– of the nature of cursing or a malediction MALEDICTORY 1822
– with a curse or malediction WITH A VENGEANCE 1525 obs.
– a curse; balls to you! ORCHIDS TO YOU! E20 Brit. sl.

– a humorous curse used by women when they quarrel MAY YOU HAVE PERPETUAL ITCHING WITHOUT EVER SCRATCHING Bk1902 Eng. dial.

– a malediction, a curse SORROW BE IN YOUR THROPPLE 1815 Sc.


– an imprecation; bad luck to you BAD SCRAN TO YOU 1842 Ireland & Eng. dial.

– bad luck to it BAD SCRANGE TO IT Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– a curse, a spell BADMOUTH 1960s sl., orig. African-American & W. Indies
– a curse, a spell DOSE 1982 Bahamas sl.
– a curse; a magic spell HEX 1909
– a curse; an evil spell HACK 1962 Amer. dial.
– a curse; a spell KAHUNA 1938 Hawaii
– a curse, malediction MALISON a1300 arch. & Eng. dial.
– a curse or affliction, esp. one sent by God; a cause of ruin; a scourge, a blight CUSS 1771 colloq.
– a curse or threatening glance; the evil eye BAD EYE 1887 Amer. dial., chiefly African-American usage
– a muttered curse or imprecation BACK-PATER-NOSTER a1575
– an imprecation of a curse; an execration or malediction expressing anger BAN 1596
– a witch’s curse; an imprecation ILL-WISH 1870 Sc.
– curses; swearing BANNING 1678 Sc.
– cursing MANSING c1290 obs.
– cursing and/or swearing A LITTLE CONVERSATION 20C sl.
– the utterance of a curse; the condition of being under a ban or curse MALEDICTION 1447
– a person who curses WARIER 1382 obs.
– to curse BESCROW AND BESCREW 1952 Amer. dial.
– to curse BLESS ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE MOUTH 1890 Eng. dial.
– to curse BIN Bk1911 Sc.
– to curse FRIT Bk1970 US students’ sl.
– to curse MALEDIGHT a1300 obs.
– to curse RAP L16 sl.
– to curse SPLANG 1970s African-American sl.
– to curse and growl GIVE A STEADY ONE 1910s World War I Amer. sl.
– to curse a person PUT ONE’S MOUTH ON 1950 Amer. dial.
– to curse or swear at BLACKGUARD 1902 Amer. dial.
– to curse or swear at BLAGGARD 1902 Amer. dial.
– to curse or swear violently BLISTER THE AIR 1941 Amer. dial.
– to curse, to cast a spell against HEX M19 sl., orig. US
 to curse; to complain, to swear AIR ONE’S LUNGS 1910s US sl.
– to curse; to damn BLAST Bk1994 Amer. sl.
– to curse, to damn • MUGGER 1951 sl.
– to curse, to execrate MALEDICT 1780
– to curse, to imprecate damnation upon BAN a1275 arch.
– to curse; to invoke evil upon a person IMPRECATE 1616 obs.
– to curse; to pronounce a malediction upon MALISON 1588 Sc. obs.
– to curse; to put a spell on; to speak ill of someone; to slander BADMOUTH 1941 Amer. dial.
– to curse; to swear; to address with angry and maledictory language BAN 1340 Eng. dial.
– to curse; to use profanity TALK TO THE LORD 1934 Amer. dial.
– to invoke a curse on; to curse, to blame greatly, as the cause of misfortune BESHREW 1377 obs.
– to lay a curse on; to abuse verbally LAY A HEARING ON 1931 Amer. dial.
– to mutter curses to oneself NEDEUM Bk1905 Sc.
– to pronounce or imprecate a curse upon; to devote to perdition, evil, or misery ACCURSE c1175 obs. or arch.
– to put a curse on, to bewitch FERHEX 1935 Amer. dial.
– to put a curse or spell on PUT THE BAD MOUTH ON 1853 Amer. dial., chiefly African-American usage

cursed, accursed MALEDIGHT a1300 obs.
cursed, accursed WARIED c975 obs.
cursed, execrable BICCHED a1400 obs.

a being cursed MALISON c1375 obs.

– cursory; passing rapidly over a thing or subject, so as to take no note of details CURSORARY a1616 obs. rare
– cursory; passing rapidly over a thing or subject, so as to take no note of details CURSITORY 1632 obs. rare

– curt, brief, scant; abridged, curtailed CURTAL 1579 obs.
curt, sharp in speech SCRAP 1885 Eng. dial.
curt, snappish; short to rudeness CUTTED 1530 obs.
harshly curt in manner or speech CRUSTY c1570

– curtly, concisely, abruptly CUTTEDLY 1530 obs.

a curt, sharp answer; a ready answer or argument SNAPHANCE 1598 obs.
– crabbed curtness of manner or temper CRUSTINESS 1727

– a curt or short-tempered person CRUST 1594 obs.

to speak curtly and seldom THROW A WORD TO A PERSON AS IF ONE THREW A BONE TO A DOG Bk1905 Eng. dial.
to talk curtly, crossly, rudely, in a quarrelsome manner to someone SHORT TALK 1931 Amer. dial.

curtailed, abridged, cut down, shortened DECURTATE a1638 rare
– curtailed, abridged; brief, scant, curt CURTAL 1579 obs.
curtailed, cut off; suddenly broken off; cut short ABRUPTED 1597
curtailed, cut short, ending abruptly CUTTED c1386 obs.
curtailed, diminished DEFALCATE 1531 obs.

curtailment, decrease or reduction in quantity or amount CASTRATION 1728 obs.
curtailment, diminution or reduction by taking away a part DEFALCATION 1476 obs.
curtailment, shortening, abbreviation ACCURTATION 1583 obs.

uttered by one who suspects that he has been curtailed of his just share, portion, or right THERE HAVE BEEN SLANGING-DUES CONCERNED c1810 sl.

– to curtail CURTALIZE 1622 obs.
– to curtail CURTILATE 1665 obs.
to curtail; to abridge DECURTATE 1623 obs.
to curtail, to abridge, to shorten, to reduce CUT 1413
to curtail; to break off, to sever; to interrupt suddenly ABRUPT 1634
to curtail; to deduct; to hinder; to hesitate SCOTCH Bk1904 Eng. dial.
to curtail; to reduce; to take or deduct a part from DEFALCATE a1690 obs.
to curtail; to reduce; to take or deduct a part from DEFALCE 1651 obs.
to curtail, to restrict PUT ONE’S FOOT DOWN 1910s sl.

a curtain or awning VEIL 1781 obs.
a short window-curtain VALANCE 1726 rare
a window curtain as distinguished from a window shade, irrespective of material LACE CURTAIN 1926 Amer. dial.
window curtains WINDOW-CLOTHES 1584-5 obs.
window shades BOBS 1916 Amer. dial.

to open a curtain slightly or briefly in order to watch the activities of others furtively from one’s window TWITCH 1894 chiefly UK

a curtsy, a bow MANNERS Bk1905 Eng. dial.
a curtsy, a bow OBEISANCE 1899 Eng. dial.
– a curtsy, a dip DOP 1616 obs.
a curtsy, a nod BECK 1809 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– a curtsying, bowing BECKING 1856 Sc.
a curtsy, obeisance, nod BOB Bk1911 Sc.

to bend the knees and lower the body to make a curtsy DROP L17
to curtsy MAKE ONE’S OBEDIENCE 1828 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to curtsy • PULL ONE’S FOOT 1930 Amer. dial.
to curtsy like a child SADDY 1859 Amer. dial.
to curtsy, to bend down; to lean forward awkwardly BINK Bk1911 Sc.
to curtsy, to bow MAKE A LONG LEG a1587 obs.
to curtsy, to bow MAKE A LOW LEG a1587 obs.
to curtsy; to bow low BOB Bk1911 Sc.
to curtsy, to bow; to make a gesture of submission or deferential respect LEG 1628 obs.
– to curtsy, to duck or suddenly drop the head or body DOP c1557 obs.
to curtsy, to make a bow OBEISANCE Bk1905 Eng. dial.
to curtsy, to make obeisance BECK 1724 Sc.

– a curvaceous figure • COCA-COLA 1990s W. Indies

curved CURVACIOUS Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– curved CURVATE a1425 rare
– curved CURVATED 1598 rare
curved CURVIFEROUS Bk1942 Amer. sl.
curved CURVULAR Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– curved, bent, bowed CURBED a1500 obs.
– curved, characterized by curvature CURVAL 1730 rare
– curved, crooked • CRUMPED 1480 obs.
– curved, having curves; crooked CURVOUS 1661 rare
curved, hooked UNCOUS 1658 rare
curved like a bow BOWSIE Bk1911 Sc.
– curved upward ROACHED 1776 US
– curving; abounding in turns, or curves SINUOUS 1578
of a curve, turn, etc.: sharp QUICK 1725
– slightly curved CURVULATE 1887 rare

– a being curved or bent; curvedness; also, a curve CURVITY a1425 rare
a curve BOUGHT Bk1911 Sc.
a curve RAMP 1892 Eng. dial.
a curve, an arc CURB 1601 obs. rare
a curve, coil, spiral RUNDLE 1565 obs.
a curved part, a bend, a crook BENT 1572
a curve in the animal or human body BIGHT 1691 Eng. dial.
– a curve or angular prominence • CRANKLE 1598
a curve or bend, esp. one of a series; chiefly used in the plural SINUOSITY 1720
a curving into the shape of an arch ARCUATION 1696 
anything curved BOUL Bk1911 Sc.
a piece bent into a curve; a bow BENT 1521 obs.
– a sharp curve • JUG-HANDLE CORNER 1948 Amer. dial.
– curving, curvature CURBING 1601 obs.
something that is curved or crooked RAINBOW 1938 Amer. dial.

– to become curved or bent CURVIFY 1599 obs.
to curve inward ADUNCATE 1823
to curve like a bow ARCUATE 1678 rare
to curve or bend down DECURVE 1835 rare
– to curve; to bend into an angular form • CROOK c1175
– to curve, to bend, to twist, to curl • CRALL a1475 obs.
– to make curved; to crook, to bend • CRUMB c1490 obs. exc. Eng. dial.

Updated: October 25, 2022