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Friday, September 05, 2014

Definitions for curlicue

  1. an ornamental, fancy curl or twist, as in a signature.

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Citations for curlicue
Line by line, alphabet curlicue by curlicue, note by note, the two of them finicked with each piece of music, her jotting, him resonating. Ivan Doig, Prairie Nocturne, 2003
I went into the hallway and looked in the front of the telephone directory where my father had penciled Angela's number, her name written in fancy curlicue letters he had doodled while standing in that very spot. Jill McCorkle, Ferris Beach, 1990
Origin of curlicue
1835-1845
Curlicue came to English in the mid-1800s. The cue component comes from the French queue meaning "tail," and ultimately is derived from the Latin word cōda.