Origin of curtalOld French curtald from court, short from Classical Latin curtus, short
- An animal with a docked tail.
- See dulcian.
- Something cut short or docked.
Origin of curtalObsolete French courtault from Old French from court short from Latin curtus ; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
From French courtault (now courtaud), from court ‘short’ + -ault pejorative suffix.