- an ornamental, fancy curl or twist, as in a signature.
Origin of curlicue
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Examples from the Web for curlicue
I am called Curlicue, and am an object of derision; I entreat you to make me less ridiculous.'The Red Fairy Book
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
One somewhat distinctive feature is found here, namely, the very frequent use of the curlicue or roll as an ornamental feature.Decorative Art of Indian Tribes of Connecticut
Frank Gouldsmith Speck
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
- an intricate ornamental curl or twist
C19: from curly + cue ²
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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).
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