Definition of curbstone in English:



  • 1A long, narrow stone or concrete block, laid end to end with others to form a curb.

    • ‘Growth of cities and the need to pave their streets produced a demand for millions of paving blocks and miles of curbstones.’
    • ‘Hartman retreated to the curbstone, but West followed him, his face like a thunder-cloud.’
    • ‘He traversed the gamut of the masonry trades from foundation to lintel, bridge abutment to gravestone, and from skyscraper to curbstone.’
    • ‘The sparrows were merry along the curbstones, taking bath after bath in the water and ruffling their feathers with delight.’
    • ‘Many towns are installing crisp new granite curbstones along their streets to replace the crumbling concrete that replaced earlier granite curbstones.’
    • ‘One of them is a construction worker who can unload heavy curbstones by hand.’
    • ‘That was my mistake recently when I crammed my rear, left-side tire against the jagged curbstone in front of my apartment.’
    • ‘He turned the mare up to the curbstone.’
    • ‘He hit his head on a curbstone and died three days later.’
    • ‘Its physical manifestation appearing in the painted curbstones, flags and murals that demarcate the borders of the two communities in working class areas of most towns and cities throughout Ulster.’
    • ‘Dead leaves along the curbstones were white with frost.’
    • ‘Brezhnev, who finally helped unseat him, recalled that Khrushchev had once called his Kremlin colleagues "dogs peeing on curbstones."’
    • ‘My lifelong entanglement with pay phones dates me; when I was young they were just there, a given, often as stubborn and uncongenial as the curbstone underfoot.’
    • ‘The stones of the passage and of its entrance curbstone were ornamented with spiral and other designs characteristic of megalithic art in the Atlantic region of prehistoric Europe.’
    • ‘The cross marks in curbstones, indicators of which stonemason cut it, or of a parallel city.’
    • ‘When Lenin died, the soldiers sat on the curbstones and wept, and the workers ran from their machines and shook their fists to the skies.’
    1. 1.1informal [as modifier]Unqualified; amateur.
      ‘curbstone commentators’
      • ‘Even in their first meeting on the street, he practically glows when referring to her ‘curbstone English, the English that will keep her all her days in the gutter.’’
      • ‘I was also amazed that only one poll takes precautions against the ‘curbstone’ problem - which is when the interviewers just make the results up.’