or cur·ly·cue

[ kur-li-kyoo ]
/ ˈkɜr lɪˌkyu /


an ornamental, fancy curl or twist, as in a signature.

Origin of curlicue

First recorded in 1835–45; curly + cue2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for curlicue

  • His face and hands were spare and lean, but his uniform was immaculate, covered with every curlicue the regulations allowed.

    The Risk Profession|Donald Edwin Westlake
  • Eventually old Clay Kittredge died, and the son chopped the "Jr." curlicue from the end of his name and began a new rgime.

    In a Little Town|Rupert Hughes
  • I am called Curlicue, and am an object of derision; I entreat you to make me less ridiculous.'

  • One somewhat distinctive feature is found here, namely, the very frequent use of the curlicue or roll as an ornamental feature.

British Dictionary definitions for curlicue

/ (ˈkɜːlɪˌkjuː) /


an intricate ornamental curl or twist

Word Origin for curlicue

C19: from curly + cue ²
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