- an ornamental, fancy curl or twist, as in a signature.
Origin of curlicue
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Examples from the Web for curlycue
"Something like a smokestack with a curlycue on the end of it," was the reply.Navy Boys Behind the Big Guns
There on the floor near the hearth lay a little brown sandal, one of its strings pulled out and making a curlycue on the floor.The Little House in the Fairy Wood
Ethel Cook Eliot
Then jog, jog, they went along Griffith Street down the curlycue road, the horse's feet going clatter on the cobblestones.Rough-Hewn
- an intricate ornamental curl or twist
C19: from curly + cue ²
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Word Origin and History for curlycue
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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