a gesture of greeting, respect, etc. made, esp. formerly, by girls and women and characterized by a bending of the knees and a slight lowering of the body
Origin of curtsyvariant, variety of courtesy
to make a curtsy
Also sp. curt′sey
nounpl. curt·sies or curt·seys
A gesture of respect or reverence made chiefly by women by bending the knees with one foot forward and lowering the body.
intransitive verbcurt·sied, curt·sy·ing, curt·sies or curt·seyed or curt·sey·ing or curt·seys
To make a curtsy.
Origin of curtsyVariant of courtesy.
- Alternative spelling of curtsey.