Definition of curbstone in English:

curbstone

noun

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

    • ‘He turned the mare up to the curbstone.’
    • ‘The sparrows were merry along the curbstones, taking bath after bath in the water and ruffling their feathers with delight.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘One of them is a construction worker who can unload heavy curbstones by hand.’
    • ‘Dead leaves along the curbstones were white with frost.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He hit his head on a curbstone and died three days later.’
    • ‘Brezhnev, who finally helped unseat him, recalled that Khrushchev had once called his Kremlin colleagues "dogs peeing on curbstones."’
    • ‘Many towns are installing crisp new granite curbstones along their streets to replace the crumbling concrete that replaced earlier granite curbstones.’
    • ‘The cross marks in curbstones, indicators of which stonemason cut it, or of a parallel city.’
    • ‘Growth of cities and the need to pave their streets produced a demand for millions of paving blocks and miles of curbstones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That was my mistake recently when I crammed my rear, left-side tire against the jagged curbstone in front of my apartment.’
    1. 1.1informal as modifier Unqualified; amateur.
      ‘curbstone commentators’
      • ‘I was also amazed that only one poll takes precautions against the ‘curbstone’ problem - which is when the interviewers just make the results up.’
      • ‘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.’’

Pronunciation

curbstone

/ˈkərbˌstōn//ˈkərbˌstoʊn/