curlycue

[ kur-li-kyoo ]
/ ˈkɜr lɪˌkyu /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. curlpaper,
  2. curly,
  3. curly palm,
  4. curly top,
  5. curly-coated retriever,
  6. curlyhead,
  7. curmudgeon,
  8. curmudgeonly,
  9. curn,
  10. curnow

curlicue

or cur·ly·cue

[ kur-li-kyoo ]
/ ˈkɜr lɪˌkyu /

noun

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

Origin of curlicue

First recorded in 1835–45; curly + cue2

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Examples from the Web for curlycue

  • 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
  • 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.

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



British Dictionary definitions for curlycue

curlicue

/ (ˈkɜːlɪˌkjuː) /

noun

an intricate ornamental curl or twist

Word Origin for curlicue

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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