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curvaceous

or cur·va·cious

[kur-vey-shuh s]
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adjective Informal.
  1. (of a woman) having a well-shaped figure with voluptuous curves.
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Origin of curvaceous

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; curve + -aceous
Related formscur·va·ceous·ly, cur·va·cious·ly, adverbcur·va·ceous·ness, cur·va·cious·ness, noun
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Related Words

roundedshapelybuxomstatuesquewell-roundedcurvilinearcurvybosomywell-developedwell-proportionedzaftig

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  • Poynter put his arm around her curvaceous waist and squeezed.

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    Edward Elmer Smith


British Dictionary definitions for curvaceous

curvaceous

adjective
  1. informal (esp of a woman) having shapely curves or a well-rounded body
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Derived Formscurvaceously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for curvaceous

adj.

1936, U.S. colloquial, from curve + facetious use of -aceous, Modern Latin botanical suffix meaning "of a certain kind." First recorded reference is to Mae West.

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