a respectful bow made by women and girls, consisting of bending the knees and lowering the body.
to make a curtsy.
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How to use curtsy in a sentence
I remember the 12-year-old version of myself, practicing my curtsy in case it ever turned out that I, too, was a long-lost royal like Mia Thermopolis, née Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo, Princess of Genovia.
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"It's Stylites—bob yer curtsy," whispered Agnes in Connie's ear.Sue, A Little Heroine | L. T. Meade
So, as she was about to pass me with a little curtsy and a pretty smile, I stopped her.The Rose of Old St. Louis | Mary Dillon
And then the lady went, sweeping a low curtsy to Mr. Dockwrath as she passed out of the room.Orley Farm | Anthony Trollope
At a flash I had my whipping in a low dipped curtsy and a mocking smile like that she had flung to Falconnet.The Master of Appleby | Francis Lynde
In a moment she returned, dropped him a bit of curtsy, and informed him that her mistress would receive him.The Cab of the Sleeping Horse | John Reed Scott
British Dictionary definitions for curtsy
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
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