curly

Something that's curly is wavy, coiled, or spiral-shaped. While you might envy your friend's straight, shiny hair, she may be equally envious of your wild, curly hair.

You can add curly ribbons to a plain package to dress it up, or buy kale in different varieties, including one with curly leaves. You're most likely to use the adjective curly, however, to describe someone's hair, if it falls in ringlets. Curly comes from curl, which was originally crulle, probably from the Middle Dutch word krul, "curly."

Definitions of curly
  1. adjective
    (of hair) having curls or waves
    “they envied her naturally curly hair”
    Synonyms:
    curled, curling
    of hair having curls
    crisp, frizzly, frizzy, kinky, nappy
    (of hair) in small tight curls
    permed
    styled with permanent waves
    ringleted
    (of hair) shaped into ringlets
    wavy
    (of hair) having waves
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    Antonyms:
    straight
    (of hair) having no waves or curls
    uncurled
    not having been curled
    unpermed
    not having had a permanent wave
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