curtsey

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woman making a curtsey

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Shortened from courtesy, 16th c. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

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curtsey (plural curtsies or curtseys)

  1. A small bow, generally performed by a woman or a girl, where she crosses the shin of one leg behind the calf of her other leg 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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curtsey (third-person singular simple present curtseys or curtsies, present participle curtseying, simple past and past participle curtseyed)

  1. To make a curtsey.
    The hotel's staff never curtsied, nodded, or bowed to the owner as she passed, as they were staunch egalitarians.

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