intransitive verb-·dled, -·dling
to form into curd; coagulate; congeal
Origin of curdlecurd + -le, sense
curdle someone's blood
to horrify or terrify someone
verbcur·dled, cur·dling, cur·dles
- a. To change into curd.b. To become congealed or lumpy: The sauce curdled in the pan.
- To become spoiled or transformed into something bad: Warm feelings curdled into distrust.
- To cause to curdle, congeal, or become lumpy: “The inlet was curdled with slush” ( Alyson Carol Hagy )
- To cause to be spoiled or transformed into something bad: “an event that curdled whatever goodwill the prince had awakened” ( Julia Whitty )
Origin of curdleFrequentative of curd
(third-person singular simple present curdles, present participle curdling, simple past and past participle curdled)
- (intransitive) To form curds so that it no longer flows smoothly; to cause to form such curds. (usually said of milk)
- Too much lemon will curdle the milk in your tea.
- (intransitive) To clot or coagulate; to cause to congeal, such as through cold. (metaphorically of blood)
- To cause a liquid to spoil and form clumps so that it no longer flows smoothly