- an ornamental, fancy curl or twist, as in a signature.
Origin of curlicue
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- an intricate ornamental curl or twist
C19: from curly + cue ²
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Word Origin and History for curly-cue
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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