: a formal way of greeting an important person (such as a king or queen) in which a woman shows respect by placing one foot slightly behind the other and bending her knees

plural curtsies also curtseys

Full Definition of CURTSY

:  an act of civility, respect, or reverence made mainly by women and consisting of a slight lowering of the body with bending of the knees

Variants of CURTSY

curt·sy also curt·sey

First Known Use of CURTSY



verb \ˈkərt-sē\
curt·sied also curt·seyedcurt·sy·ing also curt·sey·ing

Definition of CURTSY

intransitive verb
:  to make a curtsy

Variants of CURTSY

curtsy also curtsey \ˈkərt-sē\

Origin of CURTSY

alteration of courtesy
First Known Use: circa 1553


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