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curlycue

[kur-li-kyoo] /ˈkɜr lɪˌkyu/
noun
1.

curlicue

or curlycue

[kur-li-kyoo] /ˈkɜr lɪˌkyu/
noun
1.
an ornamental, fancy curl or twist, as in a signature.
Origin of curlicue
1835-1845
1835-45; curly + cue2
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  • Then jog, jog, they went along Griffith Street down the curlycue road, the horse's feet going clatter on the cobblestones.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • "Something like a smokestack with a curlycue on the end of it," was the reply.

  • There on the floor near the hearth lay a little brown sandal, one of its strings pulled out and making a curlycue on the floor.

British Dictionary definitions for curlycue

curlicue

/ˈkɜːlɪˌkjuː/
noun
1.
an intricate ornamental curl or twist
Word Origin
C19: from curly + cue²
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Word Origin and History for curlycue

curlicue

n.

1843, American English, from curly + cue, perhaps from French queue "tail" or letter Q in its looping script form. Earlier in this sense was curlie-wurlie (1772).

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