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[kur-ee, kuhr-ee]
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noun, verb (used with object), cur·ried, cur·ry·ing.
  1. curry1.
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[kur-ee, kuhr-ee]
noun, plural cur·ries.
  1. East Indian Cookery. a pungent dish of vegetables, onions, meat or fish, etc., flavored with various spices or curry powder, and often eaten with rice.
  2. any dish flavored with curry powder or the like: a lamb curry.
  3. curry powder.
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verb (used with object), cur·ried, cur·ry·ing.
  1. to cook or flavor (food) with curry powder or a similar combination of spices: to curry eggs.
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  1. give (someone) a bit of curry, Australian. to rebuke, discipline, or criticize; harass.
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Origin of curry1

First recorded in 1590–1600, curry is from the Tamil word kaṟi sauce
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noun plural -ries
  1. a spicy dish of oriental, esp Indian, origin that is made in many ways but usually consists of meat or fish prepared in a hot piquant sauce
  2. curry seasoning or sauce
  3. give someone curry Australian slang to assault (a person) verbally or physically
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verb -ries, -rying or -ried
  1. (tr) to prepare (food) with curry powder or sauce
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Word Origin

C16: from Tamil kari sauce, relish


verb -ries, -rying or -ried (tr)
  1. to beat vigorously, as in order to clean
  2. to dress and finish (leather) after it has been tanned to make it strong, flexible, and waterproof
  3. to groom (a horse)
  4. curry favour to ingratiate oneself, esp with superiors
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French correer to make ready, from Vulgar Latin conrēdāre (unattested), from rēdāre (unattested) to provide, of Germanic origin


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Word Origin and History for currie



late 13c., "to rub down a horse," from Anglo-French curreier "to curry-comb a horse," from Old French correier "put in order, prepare, curry," from con-, intensive prefix (see com-), + reier "arrange," from a Germanic source (see ready). Related: Curried; currying.

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the spice, 1680s, from Tamil kari "sauce, relish for rice."

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