- 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 curtsy
"My name is Merle Uthoug," said the dark one, with a curtsy.The Great Hunger
The little girl took it smilingly, made me a curtsy, and went on.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The "all-highest Lord" looks daggers at me—I curtsy and smile!Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess
Henry W. Fischer
There was a tremble in her voice as she slipped from the davenport and bobbed a curtsy.Mary Rose of Mifflin
Frances R. Sterrett
"I shall in all things serve your Grace," said she, with a curtsy.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
- 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 curtsy
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.
1550s, from curtsy (n.). Related: Curtsied; curtsying.