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noun, plural curt·sies.
  1. a respectful bow made by women and girls, consisting of bending the knees and lowering the body.
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verb (used without object), curt·sied, curt·sy·ing.
  1. to make a curtsy.
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Origin of curtsy

First recorded in 1520–30; variant of courtesy
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Related Words for curtsied

respond, acknowledge, greet, bow, bend, salute, nod, hunch, attend, receive, stop, hail, accost, embrace, address, meet, approach, concur, acquiesce, curtsy

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Historical Examples of curtsied

  • She curtsied low, and put her hand under mine and raised my hand and kissed it.

    The Prisoner of Zenda

    Anthony Hope

  • Genevive curtsied with a puzzled air and a sidelong glance at her sister.

    The Suitors of Yvonne

    Raphael Sabatini

  • He bowed again; and again he bore her fingers to his lips, what time she curtsied.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • Is your chilling salute when we met—I half believe you curtsied—nothing?

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • Miss Milner curtsied, as much as to say, he was welcome to come.

    A Simple Story

    Mrs. Inchbald

British Dictionary definitions for curtsied



noun plural -sies or -seys
  1. a formal gesture of greeting and respect made by women in which the knees are bent, the head slightly bowed, and the skirt held outwards
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verb -sies, -sying, -sied, -seys, -seying or -seyed
  1. (intr) to make a curtsy
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Word Origin for curtsy

C16: variant of courtesy
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Word Origin and History for curtsied



1550s, from curtsy (n.). Related: Curtsied; curtsying.

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1540s, "expression of respect," a variant of courtesy (q.v.). Specific meaning "a bending the knee and lowering the body as a gesture of respect" is from 1570s. Originally not exclusively feminine.

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