[kur-ee, kuhr-ee]



or cur·rie

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

Origin of curry

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


[kur-ee, kuhr-ee]
verb (used with object), cur·ried, cur·ry·ing.
  1. to rub and clean (a horse) with a currycomb.
  2. to dress (tanned hides) by soaking, scraping, beating, coloring, etc.
  3. to beat; thrash.
  1. curry favor, to seek to advance oneself through flattery or fawning: His fellow workers despised him for currying favor with the boss.

Origin of curry

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for currying

seasoning, sauce, condiment, relish, comb, groom, powder, clean

Examples from the Web for currying

Contemporary Examples of currying

  • Alaska political observers say they believe her speech is about currying favor with potential backers for her political future.

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    Palin's Booze Hypocrisy

    Shushannah Walshe

    January 13, 2010

Historical Examples of currying

  • I know that is an enormity, but I heard the Major tell of currying horses once.

    Wayside Courtships

    Hamlin Garland

  • "That was a good horse Boise Bill was currying," he suggested.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart

  • Life was not all currying or muck-raking for Burt or for me.

  • It was plain that what Marty had said about currying the horses was quite true.

    Janice Day

    Helen Beecher Long

  • The big Hoosier had no thought of compromise or currying favor.

    Hoosier Mosaics

    Maurice Thompson

British Dictionary definitions for currying


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
verb -ries, -rying or -ried
  1. (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)
  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

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


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Word Origin and History for currying



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.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper