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From curly +‎ cue.


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curlicue (plural curlicues)

  1. A fancy twisting or curling shape usually made from a series of concentric circles.

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curlicue (third-person singular simple present curlicues, present participle curlicuing, simple past and past participle curlicued)

  1. (transitive and intransitive) To make or adorn (something) with curlicues, or as if with curlicues.
    • 1992, Donna Tartt, The Secret History:
      I was looking, obliquely, at Bunny slumped over his bowl when all of a sudden, in the window behind his head, I saw the distant figure of Mr. Hatch, walking across the open field beyond the garden, carrying the dark, curlicued ruins of the Malacca chair to the rubbish heap.
    • 2007 October 15, The New York Times, “New CDs”, in New York Times[1]:
      “Here We Go Again” is the gentlest kiss-off imaginable, with strings and harp and curlicued guitars cushioning Ms. Stone’s farewell []