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From curb (“raised border or frame”) [from mid-17th c.].
- (General American) IPA(key): /kɝb/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kɜːb/
Audio (AU) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)b
- Homophones: curb, kirb
kerb (plural kerbs)
- (Britain, Australia, New Zealand) The raised edge between the pavement and the roadway, typically made of concrete though originally consisting of a line of kerbstones.
- A stone ring built to enclose and sometimes revet the cairn or barrow built over a chamber tomb.
- Alternative form of
edge between pavement and roadway
- (Britain, transitive) To damage vehicle wheels or tyres by running into or over a pavement kerb.
- To take a dog to the kerb for the purpose of evacuating.
- 1946, George Johnston, Skyscrapers in the Mist, page 35:
- I was fidgeting a bit, because three dogs were sniffing at my ankles in an interested fashion. They were going out to be kerbed[.]