- a respectful bow made by women and girls, consisting of bending the knees and lowering the body.
- to make a curtsy.
Origin of curtsy
Examples from the Web for curtsies
The poor creature, I warrant, was as full of curtsies, as if I had been her godmother.The Comedies of William Congreve
Come along all of you, and make your best bows and curtsies.
She curtsies with a languishing air, as if to say, 'You are come at last.The History of Henry Esmond, Esq.
W. M. Thackeray
Chord from the harmonium—the Child advances, and curtsies with much aplomb.Mr. Punch at the Seaside
She curtsies to Graeme and with a warning look at Granahan goes into room.The Turn of the Road
- 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
- (intr) to make a curtsy
Word Origin and History for curtsies
1550s, from curtsy (n.). Related: Curtsied; curtsying.
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.