noun, plural curt·sies.
verb (used without object), curt·sied, curt·sy·ing.
Origin of curtsy
Examples from the Web for curtsy
Historical Examples of curtsy
"My name is Merle Uthoug," said the dark one, with a curtsy.The Great Hunger
The little girl took it smilingly, made me a curtsy, and went on.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The "all-highest Lord" looks daggers at me—I curtsy and smile!Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess
Henry W. Fischer
There was a tremble in her voice as she slipped from the davenport and bobbed a curtsy.Mary Rose of Mifflin
Frances R. Sterrett
"I shall in all things serve your Grace," said she, with a curtsy.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
noun plural -sies or -seys
verb -sies, -sying, -sied, -seys, -seying or -seyed
Word Origin for curtsy
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.
1550s, from curtsy (n.). Related: Curtsied; curtsying.