from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One who has curly hair; a curly-headed person.
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"I think you may," laughed Hope, and a little curly-pate close by was made happy with the toy, which seemed destined to manifold uses.
Even now in the pleasant autumn weather that curly-pate would be scrambling in the orchard for the ripe apples which his mother rolled to him.
There's PAUL LIDDY, the curly-pate Tory, whose noddle was stuck on a spike,
She was always a vexation to me, but now I cannot endure her, since she has not understanding enough to stay at home in Eva's place; and this little curly-pate, which must dance with grown people just as if she were a regular person; could not she find a piece of sugar to keep her at home, instead of coming here to be in a flurry!
And more than that, you have real brains in that curly-pate of yours. "