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curlicue

noun cur·li·cue \ ˈkər-lē-ˌkyü , -li- \
variants: or less commonly curlycue
Updated on: 18 May 2018

Definition of curlicue

: a fancifully curved or spiral figure : flourish

Examples of curlicue in a Sentence

  1. Curlicues were carved into the wood.

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Origin and Etymology of curlicue

curly + cue a braid of hair


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curlicue

verb

Definition of curlicue

curlicued; curlicuing
: to form curlicues
: to embellish with curlicues

First Known Use of curlicue

1844

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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CURLICUE Defined for English Language Learners

curlicue

Definition of curlicue for English Language Learners

  • : a decoratively curved line or shape


CURLICUE Defined for Kids

curlicue

noun cur·li·cue \ ˈkər-li-ˌkyü \

Definition of curlicue for Students

: a fancy shape having curves in it

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