from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of sauce or relish, made of meat, fish, fowl, fruit, eggs, or vegetables, cooked with bruised spices, such as cayenne-pepper, coriander-seed, ginger, garlic, etc., with turmeric, much used in India and elsewhere as a relish or flavoring for boiled rice.
  • To flavor or prepare with curry.
  • To rub and clean (a horse) with a comb; groom: sometimes used in contempt, with reference to a person.
  • Hence2. To stroke as if to soothe; flatter.
  • To dress or prepare (tanned hides) for use by soaking, skiving, shaving, scouring, coloring, graining, etc.
  • Figuratively, to beat; drub; thrash: as, to curry one's hide.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To dress or prepare for use by a process of scraping, cleansing, beating, smoothing, and coloring; -- said of leather.
  • transitive verb To dress the hair or coat of (a horse, ox, or the like) with a currycomb and brush; to comb, as a horse, in order to make clean.
  • transitive verb To beat or bruise; to drub; -- said of persons.
  • transitive verb to seek to gain favor by flattery or attentions. See Favor, n.
  • transitive verb To flavor or cook with curry.
  • noun (Cookery) A kind of sauce much used in India, containing garlic, pepper, ginger, and other strong spices.
  • noun A stew of fowl, fish, or game, cooked with curry.
  • noun (Cookery) a condiment used for making curry, formed of various materials, including strong spices, as pepper, ginger, garlic, coriander seed, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, computing To perform currying upon.
  • verb intransitive, obsolete To scurry; to ride or run hastily.
  • verb transitive, obsolete To cover (a distance); (of a projectile) to traverse (its range).
  • verb transitive, obsolete To hurry.
  • noun One of a family of dishes originating from South Asian cuisine, flavoured by a spiced sauce.
  • noun A spiced sauce or relish, especially one flavoured with curry powder.
  • noun Curry powder
  • verb transitive To cook or season with curry powder.
  • verb transitive To groom (a horse); to dress or rub down a horse with a curry comb
  • verb transitive To dress (leather) after it is tanned by beating, rubbing, scraping and colouring
  • verb transitive To beat, thrash; to drub
  • verb transitive To try to win or gain (favour) by flattering.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (East Indian cookery) a pungent dish of vegetables or meats flavored with curry powder and usually eaten with rice
  • verb treat by incorporating fat
  • verb season with a mixture of spices; typical of Indian cooking
  • verb give a neat appearance to


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From Haskell Curry, a computer scientist

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Possibly derived from currier, a common 16-18th century form of courier, as if to ride post, to post. Possibly influenced by scurry.

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From Old English currayen, from Old French correer 'to prepare', presumably from Vulgar Latin conredare, from com- (a form of con- 'together') + some Germanic base verb



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