Origin of curtail2
British Dictionary definitions for curtail step (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for curtail step (2 of 2)
Word Origin for curtail
Word Origin and History for curtail step
late 15c., from Middle French courtault "made short," from court "short" (Old French cort, from Latin curtus; see curt) + -ault pejorative suffix of Germanic origin. Originally curtal; used of horses with docked tails, which probably influenced the spelling. Related: Curtailed; curtailing.