from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A stone or row of stones that constitutes a curb.
  • adj. Untrained or unsophisticated; amateurish: a curbstone commentator.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of kerbstone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stone set along a margin as a limit and protection, as along the edge of a sidewalk next the roadway; an edge stone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stone placed against earth or brick- or stonework to prevent it from falling out or spreading.
  • n. Specifically, one of the stones set together on edge at the outer side of a sidewalk, forming a curb.
  • n. Formerly also spelled kerbstone, kirbstone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a paving stone forming part of a curb


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • For the curbstone was a rocking precipice, and the street below it a grey and shimmering stream, that rolled, and flowed, and rolled, and never rested.

    The Divine Fire

  • The man on the curbstone is the arbiter of our destinies, and the standard man.

    Folkways A Study of the Sociological Importance of Usages, Manners, Customs, Mores, and Morals

  • The roadside features such as curbstone edges, potholes, streetcar tracks etc. frequently rattle the nerves of any bicyclist.

    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • It was also sung on street corners (it was sometimes called "curbstone" harmony) and at social functions and in parlors.


  • Here in Denmark, most bike lanes have their own curbstone to separate them from the nearest car lane.

    It’s crowded out there.

  • On Marginal Way in Seattle, those curbstone gutters roiled over whitewater kissing the rain clouds' taint.

    I Cant Ghazal

  • On Broadway they were blowing paper to the curbstone for collection.

    Never Too Late For This Bandwagon

  • So I avoided their looks, shrinking close to the curbstone and by furtive glances directing my progress.

    The Dignity of Dollars

  • My doll was prissing down the street one night more fifty years ago, kicked up her heels too high, fell against the curbstone and fracturing her femur.

    Doña Chayito, Talpa's treasure

  • From the time most of them threw a curbstone through a window or set fire to their middle school or boosted a car and drove it across spike strips at one hundred miles an hour, they were looking for a way to punch a hole in the dimension and return to a place where people grunted in front of their caves and knocked down their food with a rock.

    The Glass Rainbow


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  • How about curb-idle stop screw?

    September 23, 2009

  • curbstone consultation, curbstone interview, curbstone research?

    I have it in my head that there is some curbstone-related term whose meaning is 'cursory', 'superficial', 'incomplete', if not completely 'madeupical'. The derivation being from paid census-takers who would just fill in forms for the households they were supposed to be interviewing without ever actually performing the interviews - thus, from the 'curb'.

    Am I imagining this, or has anyone else heard a similar term in this context? A google search yields a few roughly similar uses of the term 'curbstone consultation' in a medical context.

    September 23, 2009

  • "Ahead of him, in the winter night, loomed a big unlit house. As he drew near he thought how often he had seen it blazing with lights, its steps awninged and carpeted, and carriages waiting in double line to draw up at the curbstone."

    - Edith Wharton, 'The Age of Innocence'.

    September 20, 2009