Curtal Cur"tal (k[^u]r"tal), a. [OF. courtault, F. courtaud, having a docked tail (cf. It. cortaldo), fr. court short, L. curtus. See {Curt}, and {Curtail}.] Curt; brief; laconic. [1913 Webster]

Essays and curtal aphorisms. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Curtal dog}. See {Curtail dog}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Curtal — Cur tal, n. A horse with a docked tail; hence, anything cut short. [Obs] Nares. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curtal — [kʉrt′ l] Obs. adj. [OFr curtald < court, short < L curtus, SHORT] shortened; curtailed n. a horse with a docked tail …   English World dictionary

  • curtal — /kerr tl/, adj. 1. Archaic. wearing a short frock: a curtal friar. 2. Obs. brief; curtailed. n. 3. a 16th century bassoon. 4. Obs. an animal with a docked tail. [1500 10; earlier courtault < MF, equiv. to court short (see CURT) + ault, var. of… …   Universalium

  • curtal — 1. noun /ˈkəːtəl/ a) A variety of short barrelled cannon. b) An early type of bassoon. 2. adjective /ˈkəːtəl/ Physically shortened; short. she had loosened her hair and changed into the curtal frock of sunbright cotton that he was …   Wiktionary

  • curtal — cur•tal [[t]ˈkɜr tl[/t]] adj. 1) archaic wearing a short frock: a curtal friar[/ex] 2) Obs. brief; curtailed 3) Obs. an animal with a docked tail • Etymology: 1500–10; earlier courtault < MF, =court short (see curt) + ault, var. of ald n.… …   From formal English to slang

  • curtal — adjective (obsolete) cut short a dog with a curtal tail • Similar to: ↑short • Usage Domain: ↑archaism, ↑archaicism …   Useful english dictionary

  • curtal — adjective Etymology: Middle French courtault, from court short, from Latin curtus Date: 1576 1. obsolete having a docked tail 2. obsolete brief, curtailed 3. archaic wearing a short frock …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Curtal — An early, short barrelled gun; soon, a horse with docked tail; thus anything docked. [< Lat. curtus = incomplete, circumcised, castrated] Cf. Curt …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • curtal — cur·tal …   English syllables

  • curtal —   a. short; curtailed; n. person wearing short garment; animal with docked tail …   Dictionary of difficult words

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