curry

1

or cur·rie

[kur-ee, kuhr-ee]

noun, plural cur·ries.

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.
any dish flavored with curry powder or the like: a lamb curry.

verb (used with object), cur·ried, cur·ry·ing.

to cook or flavor (food) with curry powder or a similar combination of spices: to curry eggs.

Nearby words

  1. currier and ives,
  2. curriery,
  3. currijong,
  4. currish,
  5. currishly,
  6. curry favor,
  7. curry leaf,
  8. curry powder,
  9. curry puff,
  10. curry, john steuart

Idioms

    give (someone) a bit of curry, Australian. to rebuke, discipline, or criticize; harass.

Origin of curry

1
First recorded in 1590–1600, curry is from the Tamil word kaṟi sauce

curry

2
[kur-ee, kuhr-ee]

verb (used with object), cur·ried, cur·ry·ing.

to rub and clean (a horse) with a currycomb.
to dress (tanned hides) by soaking, scraping, beating, coloring, etc.
to beat; thrash.

Origin of curry

2
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

Curry

[kur-ee, kuhr-ee]

noun

John (Anthony),1949–94, British figure skater.
John Steu·art [stoo-ert, styoo-] /ˈstu ərt, ˈstyu-/, 1897–1946, U.S. painter.
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British Dictionary definitions for curry

curry

1

noun plural -ries

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

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

(tr) to prepare (food) with curry powder or sauce

Word Origin for curry

C16: from Tamil kari sauce, relish

verb -ries, -rying or -ried (tr)

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

Word Origin for curry

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

Curry

noun

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 curry
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