- 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
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Examples from the Web for currying
Alaska political observers say they believe her speech is about currying favor with potential backers for her political future.Palin's Booze Hypocrisy
January 13, 2010
I know that is an enormity, but I heard the Major tell of currying horses once.Wayside Courtships
"That was a good horse Boise Bill was currying," he suggested.The Dude Wrangler
Life was not all currying or muck-raking for Burt or for me.A Son of the Middle Border
It was plain that what Marty had said about currying the horses was quite true.Janice Day
Helen Beecher Long
The big Hoosier had no thought of compromise or currying favor.Hoosier Mosaics
- 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 currying
the spice, 1680s, from Tamil kari "sauce, relish for rice."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper