curtsy

[kurt-see]
verb (used without object), curt·sied, curt·sy·ing.
  1. to make a curtsy.

Origin of curtsy

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

obeisance, bow, bob, dip, gesture, curtsey

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British Dictionary definitions for curtsies

curtsy

curtsey

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
verb -sies, -sying, -sied, -seys, -seying or -seyed
  1. (intr) to make a curtsy

Word Origin for curtsy

C16: variant of courtesy
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Word Origin and History for curtsies

curtsy

v.

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

curtsy

n.

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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