Curtsey definition

A small bow, generally performed by a woman or a girl, where she crosses one calf of her leg behind the other and 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.

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To make a curtsey.

The hotel's staff variously curtsied, nodded, and bowed to the owner as she passed.

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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of curtsey - courtesy, curtsy

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
curtsey
Plural:
curtseys, curtsies

Origin of curtsey

  • Shortened from courtesy.

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