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curlycue

[kur-li-kyoo]
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noun
  1. curlicue.
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curlicue

or cur·ly·cue

[kur-li-kyoo]
noun
  1. an ornamental, fancy curl or twist, as in a signature.
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Origin of curlicue

First recorded in 1835–45; curly + cue2
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Examples from the Web for curlycue

Historical Examples

  • "Something like a smokestack with a curlycue on the end of it," was the reply.

    Navy Boys Behind the Big Guns

    Halsey Davidson

  • There on the floor near the hearth lay a little brown sandal, one of its strings pulled out and making a curlycue on the floor.

  • Then jog, jog, they went along Griffith Street down the curlycue road, the horse's feet going clatter on the cobblestones.

    Rough-Hewn

    Dorothy Canfield


British Dictionary definitions for curlycue

curlicue

noun
  1. an intricate ornamental curl or twist
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Word Origin

C19: from curly + cue ²
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Word Origin and History for curlycue

curlicue

n.

1843, American English, from curly + cue, perhaps from French queue "tail" or letter Q in its looping script form. Earlier in this sense was curlie-wurlie (1772).

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