[ kurt-see ]
/ ˈkɜrt si /
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noun, plural curt·sies.
a respectful bow made by women and girls, consisting of bending the knees and lowering the body.
verb (used without object), curt·sied, curt·sy·ing.
to make a curtsy.
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Origin of curtsy
First recorded in 1520–30; variant of courtesy
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How to use curtsy in a sentence
You will have a nice clean village for a parish, with old women who drop curtsies to you, and men—such men!Hyacinth|George A. Birmingham
Margaret Williamson received the deed from the King, giving, in return, one of her best curtsies.Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Vol. XX|Alexander Leighton
They dropped curtsies, and then went up to Laptev, who had to make the sign of the cross and give them his hand to kiss also.
The little girls stood up, and without looking at him, made curtsies.
They ended by coming up to Mrs. Owen and making more curtsies, just the number that Alice was years old.Peggy in Her Blue Frock|Eliza Orne White
British Dictionary definitions for curtsy
/ (ˈkɜːtsɪ) /
noun plural -sies or -seys
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
verb -sies, -sying, -sied, -seys, -seying or -seyed
(intr) to make a curtsy
Word Origin for curtsy
C16: variant of courtesy
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