Definition of Curtsy

1. Noun. Bending the knees; a gesture of respect made by women.

Exact synonyms: Curtsey
Generic synonyms: Reverence, Gesture, Motion
Derivative terms: Curtsey



2. Verb. Bend the knees in a gesture of respectful greeting.
Exact synonyms: Curtsey
Generic synonyms: Bow
Derivative terms: Curtsey

3. Verb. Make a curtsy; usually done only by girls and women; as a sign of respect. "She curtsied when she shook the Queen's hand"
Exact synonyms: Bob
Generic synonyms: Greet, Recognise, Recognize
Entails: Bow, Bow Down
Derivative terms: Bob

Definition of Curtsy

1. n. Same as Courtesy, an act of respect.

Definition of Curtsy

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of curtsey) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Curtsy

1. to bow politely [v -SIED, -SYING, -SIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Curtsy

curtesies
curtest
curtesy
curtilage
curtilages
curtin
curtly
curtness
curtnesses
curtsey
curtseyed
curtseying
curtseys
curtsied
curtsies
curtsy (current term)
curtsying
curule
curundum
cururo
cururos
curvaceous
curvaceously
curvaceousness
curvacious
curvate
curvated
curvation
curvations
curvative

Literary usage of Curtsy

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1. The Speaker's Garland: Comprising 100 Choice Selections by Phineas Garrett (1892)
"Where the king walks up and down, So polite, I have heard say That he bows the livelong day To the people he goes by So I'll curtsy," Said Mrs. ..."

2. The Fireside Encyclopædia of Poetry: Comprising the Best Poems of the Most (1878)
"You've only got to curtsy, whisper, hold your chin up, laugh and lisp, ... So, bidding you adieu, I curtsy like a pretty miss, And if you'll blow to me a ..."

3. Library of the World's Best Literature: Ancient and Modern by Edward Cornelius Towne (1897)
"As the word has been contracted from courtoisie into curtsy, so the motion has been contracted from a placing of the knee on the floor to a lowering of the ..."

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