curse definition, meaning - what is curse in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “curse”

See all translations

curse

verb uk   /kɜːs/  us   /kɝːs/

curse verb (SPEAK ANGRILY)

[I or T] to use a word or an expression that is not polite and shows that you are very angry: We could hear him cursing and swearing as he tried to get the door open. I could curse her for losing my key!

curse verb (PERFORM MAGIC)

[T] to say magic words that are intended to bring bad luck to someone: Things were going so badly - it was as if I'd been cursed.

curse

noun uk   /kɜːs/  us   /kɝːs/

curse noun (MAGIC)

[C] magic words that are intended to bring bad luck to someone: In the story, a wicked witch puts a curse on the princess for a hundred years.

curse noun (TROUBLE)

[C] a cause of trouble and unhappiness: Noise is the curse of modern city life.

curse noun (BLOOD)

the curse [S] old-fashioned or humorous a woman's period (= flow of blood each month)

curse noun (ANGRY WORD)

[C] a rude word or phrase
(Definition of curse from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of curse?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “curse” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

half

either of two periods of time into which a game is divided

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Liz Walter,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More