General English


  • noun a coagulated substance formed by action of acid on milk, used to make into cheese


  • The solid which separates from milk or soya milk which has been coagulated and cut or stirred. Used to make curds and whey, cheese, or soya bean curd.


  • noun the solid substance formed when milk coagulates, which is used for making cheese.

Origin & History of “curd”

Curd began life as crud, a word which has survived in its own right. In the 15th century it underwent a process known as metathesis, by which the sounds r and u became transposed, producing curd. A derivative of this, dating from the 16th century, is curdle. The word’s ultimate ancestry is not known, although some consider that Gaelic gruth may be related.