curtsey
curtsey curtsey, curtsy curtsyv. i. to perform a {curtsy}. [WordNet 1.5]

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  • curtsey — curt sey, curtsy curt sy(k[^u]rt s[y^]), n. An act of civility, respect, or reverence, made by women, consisting of a slight depression or dropping of the body, with bending of the knees. Same as 2nd {Courtesy}, n.. Syn: curtsy; courtesy. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curtsey — alternative spelling of CURTSY (Cf. curtsy) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Curtsey — A curtsey (also spelled curtsy or courtesy) is a traditional gesture of greeting, in which a girl or woman bends her knees while bowing her head. It is the female equivalent of male bowing in Western cultures. Miss Manners characterizes its knee… …   Wikipedia

  • curtsey — 1. noun /ˈkəːtsɪ/ A small bow, generally performed by a woman, where she briefly bends her knees and lowers her body in deference. I refused to make so much as a curtsey for the passing nobles, as I am a staunch egalitarian. 2. verb /ˈkəːtsɪ/ To… …   Wiktionary

  • curtsey — I curtsy UK [ˈkɜː(r)tsɪ] / US [ˈkɜrtsɪ] or curtsey UK / US verb [intransitive] Word forms curtsy : present tense I/you/we/they curtsy he/she/it curtsies present participle curtsying past tense curtsied past participle curtsied if a woman curtsies …   English dictionary

  • curtsey — Courtesy Courte sy (k[^u]rt s[y^]), n. [See the preceding word.] An act of civility, respect, or reverence, made by women, consisting of a slight depression or dropping of the body, with bending of the knees. [Written also {curtsy} and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curtsey — /ˈkɜtsi/ (say kertsee) noun (plural curtseys) 1. a bow by women in recognition or respect, consisting of bending the knees and lowering the body. –verb (i) (curtseyed, curtseying) 2. to make a curtsey. Also, curtsy. {variant of courtesy} …   Australian English dictionary

  • curtsey — I. noun see curtsy I II. intransitive verb see curtsy II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • curtsey — /kerrt see/, n., pl. curtseys, v.i., curtseyed, curtseying. curtsy. * * * …   Universalium

  • curtsey — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. bow, salaam, dip; see bow 2 …   English dictionary for students

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