Definition of curb in English:

curb

noun

  • 1North American A stone or concrete edging to a street or path.

  • 2A check or restraint on something.

    ‘curbs on the powers of labor unions’
  • 3A type of bit that is widely used in western riding. In English riding it is usually only used with a snaffle as part of a double bridle.

  • 4A swelling on the back of a horse's hock, caused by spraining a ligament.

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Restrain or keep in check.

    ‘she promised she would curb her temper’
    1. 1.1 Restrain (a horse) by means of a curb.
  • 2Lead (a dog being walked) near the curb to urinate or defecate.

Origin

Late 15th century (denoting a strap fastened to the bit): from Old French courber ‘bend, bow’, from Latin curvare (see curve).

Pronunciation

curb

/kərb//kərb/