- a respectful bow made by women and girls, consisting of bending the knees and lowering the body.
- to make a curtsy.
Origin of curtsy
Examples from the Web for curtsied
She curtsied low, and put her hand under mine and raised my hand and kissed it.The Prisoner of Zenda
Genevive curtsied with a puzzled air and a sidelong glance at her sister.The Suitors of Yvonne
He bowed again; and again he bore her fingers to his lips, what time she curtsied.Scaramouche
Is your chilling salute when we met—I half believe you curtsied—nothing?Lord Kilgobbin
Miss Milner curtsied, as much as to say, he was welcome to come.A Simple Story
- a formal gesture of greeting and respect made by women in which the knees are bent, the head slightly bowed, and the skirt held outwards
- (intr) to make a curtsy
Word Origin and History for curtsied
1550s, from curtsy (n.). Related: Curtsied; curtsying.
1540s, "expression of respect," a variant of courtesy (q.v.). Specific meaning "a bending the knee and lowering the body as a gesture of respect" is from 1570s. Originally not exclusively feminine.