or cur·va·cious

[kur-vey-shuh s]

adjective Informal.

(of a woman) having a well-shaped figure with voluptuous curves.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for curvaceous

Contemporary Examples of curvaceous

  • Even the man who sculpted the original Barbie, Bill Barton, told newspapers that he had second thoughts about her curvaceous form.

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    Happy Bday Barbie! You're Over

    Brandy Zadrozny

    March 9, 2014

  • The besotted Broadwell may have viewed the curvaceous Kelley as a threat.

  • Before we necessarily had breasts, we were instructed to palpate the diseased, curvaceous effigy to feel for lumps.

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    The Great Mammogram Debate

    Liesl Schillinger

    November 18, 2009

  • The new 60-year-olds are a bunch of high-jumping, glamorous-looking, Grammy-winning, curvaceous and sexy ….

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    Guess Who's 60 Now?

    Susan Cheever

    June 27, 2009

  • My favorite example in his Lincoln Memorial speech, is his reference to the “curvaceous slopes of California.”

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    Why Black Preachers Are Better

    Howell Raines

    January 22, 2009

Historical Examples of curvaceous

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

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for curvaceous



informal (esp of a woman) having shapely curves or a well-rounded body
Derived Formscurvaceously, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for curvaceous

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper