curtsy

[kurt-see]
noun, plural curtsies.
1.
a respectful bow made by women and girls, consisting of bending the knees and lowering the body.
verb (used without object), curtsied, curtsying.
2.
to make a curtsy.

Origin:
1520–30; variant of courtesy

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curtsy or curtsey (ˈkɜːtsɪ)
 
n , pl -sies, -seys
1.  a formal gesture of greeting and respect made by women in which the knees are bent, the head slightly bowed, and the skirt held outwards
 
vb , -sies, -seys, -sies, -sying, -sied, -seys, -seying, -seyed
2.  (intr) to make a curtsy
 
[C16: variant of courtesy]
 
curtsey or curtsey
 
n
 
vb
 
[C16: variant of courtesy]

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curtsy
1570s, "bending the knee and lowering the body as a gesture of respect," a 16c. variant of courtesy (q.v.). Not originally exclusively feminine.
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Example sentences
They curtsy when they meet you and are some of the nicest kids you'll ever meet.
It is not a contradance in which partners smile and curtsy and move seamlessly down the line.
The effect is almost dainty, the musical equivalent of a curtsy.
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