American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fancy twist or curl, such as a flourish made with a pen.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Something fantastically curled or twisted: as, to make a curlicue with the pen; to cut curlicues in skating.
- n. A fancy twisting or curling shape made from a series of concentric circles.
- v. transitive and intransitive To make or adorn (something) with curlicues, or as if with curlicues
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Colloq. U.S. Some thing curled or spiral, as a flourish made with a pen on paper, or with skates on the ice; a trick; a frolicsome caper.
- n. a short twisting line
- n. a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
- From curly + cue. (Wiktionary)
- curly + cue1, tail, and possibly cue3. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The curlicue is a little uneven, too, but the chef complimented my pear, and I rather like it myself.”
“Remnants of the feathers and "curlicue" designs can still be seen.”
“Portis's language is an archaic, biblically inflected 19th-century American English, free of contractions, a plainsong not averse to rhetorical filigree and curlicue – a perfect fit for the hyper-literate, word-drunk Coens.”
“Your reviews are very good, but they could be more interesting if you didn't feel the need to lecture us about movie genealogical connections we might already be familiar with, or if you didn't rely so heavily on the Thesaurus you seem to have parked at your elbow or in your brain - "oft-presumed", "essayed", "curlicue"?”
“The words, in typical French curlicue cursive read: Cherche Quelqu'un pour le mois d'Août.”
“I set down thesac à doson the cobbled sidewalk in time to reread the curlicue announcement but no sooner had I translated the first word than the shop door flew open setting off a commotion of cowbells.”
“Only, they haven't, as good as a proof is in a excellent, curlicue guitar work of songs similar to "Plans" as good as "I Don't Wanna Go There.”
“The words inscribed on his inner forearms, in fine curlicue, reveal more than he is prepared to say out loud.”
“And that's exactly why she doesn't need Autotune -- that little curlicue would be just as impressive without it.”
“A woman after my own heart, Diane von Furstenberg in a gold evening coat takes a shot of a 1939 Steven Arpad shoe, the curlicue carved heel forming a wedge.”
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Early in the fall, I watched several hundred eagles riding gyres - higher and higher - as they caught a lift on their migration South. An enquire and unquire of gyre appears called for.
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