Origin of curtalOld French curtald ; from court, short ; from Classical Latin curtus, short
a horse with a docked tail
- An animal with a docked tail.
- See dulcian.
- Something cut short or docked.
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.
(comparative more curtal, superlative most curtal)
- (now rare) Physically shortened; short.
From French courtault (now courtaud), from court ‘short’ + -ault pejorative suffix.