- to cook or flavor (food) with curry powder or a similar combination of spices: to curry eggs.
- give (someone) a bit of curry, Australian. to rebuke, discipline, or criticize; harass.
Origin of curry1
First recorded in 1590–1600, curry is from the Tamil word kaṟi sauce
- to rub and clean (a horse) with a currycomb.
- to dress (tanned hides) by soaking, scraping, beating, coloring, etc.
- to beat; thrash.
- curry favor, to seek to advance oneself through flattery or fawning: His fellow workers despised him for currying favor with the boss.
Origin of curry2
1250–1300; Middle English cor(r)ayen, cor(r)eyen < Anglo-French curreier, cognate with Old French correer, earlier conreer to make ready < Vulgar Latin *conrēdāre; see corody
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Examples from the Web for curried
Pad Thai, coconut soup, tikka masala, curried goat, sashimi, and crudo.A 'True Prep' Primer
September 6, 2010
Saag Paneer—also known as Palak Paneer—is curried spinach puree with chunks of Indian cheese, and it is a dish with a bad rap.What to Eat: Indian Dinner
October 27, 2009
The cattle and horses are daily curried, and appear in better order.Select Temperance Tracts
American Tract Society
Like all other kinds of skins they are not tanned, but curried.The Central Eskimo
He had a horse and a cow: the one was fed and curried, and the other fed and milked, by his own hand.The Life Of Abraham Lincoln
Ward H. Lamon
The cows must themselves be clean, and should be curried and washed.Foods and Household Management
They rubbed and curried their steeds, but they could not make them shine as Tremsin did.Fairy Tales from Many Lands
- 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
- curry seasoning or sauce
- give someone curry Australian slang to assault (a person) verbally or physically
- (tr) to prepare (food) with curry powder or sauce
C16: from Tamil kari sauce, relish
- to beat vigorously, as in order to clean
- to dress and finish (leather) after it has been tanned to make it strong, flexible, and waterproof
- to groom (a horse)
- curry favour to ingratiate oneself, esp with superiors
C13: from Old French correer to make ready, from Vulgar Latin conrēdāre (unattested), from rēdāre (unattested) to provide, of Germanic origin
- John (Anthony). 1949–94, British ice skater: won the figure-skating gold medal in the 1976 Olympic Games
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Word Origin and History for curried
the spice, 1680s, from Tamil kari "sauce, relish for rice."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper