[ kurt-see ]
/ ˈkɜrt si /

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.


Nearby words

  1. curtis, george ticknor,
  2. curtiss,
  3. curtiss, glenn hammond,
  4. curtius,
  5. curtsey,
  6. curule,
  7. curule chair,
  8. curvaceous,
  9. curvaceously,
  10. curvature

Origin of curtsy

First recorded in 1520–30; variant of courtesy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for curtsies



/ (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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Word Origin and History for curtsies
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