- to cook or flavor (food) with curry powder or a similar combination of spices: to curry eggs.
- give (someone) a bit of curry, Australian. to rebuke, discipline, or criticize; harass.
Origin of curry1
First recorded in 1590–1600, curry is from the Tamil word kaṟi sauce
- to rub and clean (a horse) with a currycomb.
- to dress (tanned hides) by soaking, scraping, beating, coloring, etc.
- to beat; thrash.
- curry favor, to seek to advance oneself through flattery or fawning: His fellow workers despised him for currying favor with the boss.
Origin of curry2
1250–1300; Middle English cor(r)ayen, cor(r)eyen < Anglo-French curreier, cognate with Old French correer, earlier conreer to make ready < Vulgar Latin *conrēdāre; see corody
- John (Anthony),1949–94, British figure skater.
- John Steu·art [stoo-ert, styoo-] /ˈstu ərt, ˈstyu-/, 1897–1946, U.S. painter.
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Examples from the Web for curry
But behind them are ISIS fighters and sympathizers and locals eager to curry favor by selling out their neighbors.Darkness at Noon Prayers: Inside the Islamic Police State
November 5, 2014
Curry was intrigued and, unlike the other filmmakers VanDyke consulted, he had time to take on a major project.‘Point and Shoot’ Captures the Birth of a Warrior on Film
October 31, 2014
Stanley then went on to praise Curry after slamming her, a technique she would later use in her Rhimes piece.A Sexism Problem at The New York Times
September 23, 2014
"It's rubbed with curry and five-spice powder," he explains as waiters take notes.A Magical Meal at Louie’s Backyard in the Conch Republic
Jane & Michael Stern
July 13, 2014
Guests are also invited to try fried pieces of whale seasoned with curry powder.Welcome to Japan’s Whale Week, Featuring Curried Whale Meat And Exploding Harpoons
Angela Erika Kubo, Jake Adelstein
June 12, 2014
We could have mock-turtle soup, a sole, curry, and roast duck.
And when the curry made its appearance he suddenly retired in great disorder.
It was put there by Old Man Curry just before the bugle blew.
"I visited a while with the children of Israel," said Curry gravely.
Old Man Curry paused a moment for thought and sucked at his straw.
- a spicy dish of oriental, esp Indian, origin that is made in many ways but usually consists of meat or fish prepared in a hot piquant sauce
- curry seasoning or sauce
- give someone curry Australian slang to assault (a person) verbally or physically
- (tr) to prepare (food) with curry powder or sauce
C16: from Tamil kari sauce, relish
- to beat vigorously, as in order to clean
- to dress and finish (leather) after it has been tanned to make it strong, flexible, and waterproof
- to groom (a horse)
- curry favour to ingratiate oneself, esp with superiors
C13: from Old French correer to make ready, from Vulgar Latin conrēdāre (unattested), from rēdāre (unattested) to provide, of Germanic origin
- John (Anthony). 1949–94, British ice skater: won the figure-skating gold medal in the 1976 Olympic Games
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Word Origin and History for curry
the spice, 1680s, from Tamil kari "sauce, relish for rice."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper