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or curlycue

[kur-li-kyoo] /ˈkɜr lɪˌkyu/
an ornamental, fancy curl or twist, as in a signature.
Origin of curlicue
First recorded in 1835-45; curly + cue2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I am called curlicue, and am an object of derision; I entreat you to make me less ridiculous.'

  • Eventually old Clay Kittredge died, and the son chopped the "Jr." curlicue from the end of his name and began a new rgime.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • One somewhat distinctive feature is found here, namely, the very frequent use of the curlicue or roll as an ornamental feature.

  • His face and hands were spare and lean, but his uniform was immaculate, covered with every curlicue the regulations allowed.

    The Risk Profession Donald Edwin Westlake
British Dictionary definitions for curlicue


an intricate ornamental curl or twist
Word Origin
C19: from curly + cue²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for curlicue

1843, American English, from curly + cue, perhaps from French queue "tail" or letter Q in its looping script form. Earlier in this sense was curlie-wurlie (1772).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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