Variant of curry
transitive verbcurried, currying
- to use a curry comb
- to prepare (tanned leather) by soaking, scraping, cleaning, beating, etc.
- to beat or flog
Origin of curryMiddle English curraien ; from Old French correier, conreder, to put in order ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form corredare ; from Classical Latin com-, with + -red-, base appearing in an unverified form arredare: for Indo-European base see ride
Origin of curryaltered (by assoc. with favor) < ME curraien favel, to flatter, lit., curry the chestnut horse; OFr favel, chestnut horse (taken as symbol of duplicity) < dial. form of OHG falo, pale, akin to OE fealu; see fallow
to try to win favor by flattery, fawning, etc.