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

  • intransitive verb to perform a curtsy.
  • noun An act of civility, respect, or reverence, made by women, consisting of a slight depression or dropping of the body, with bending of the knees. Same as 2nd courtesy, n..

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  • noun A small bow, generally performed by a woman or a girl, where she crosses one calf of her leg behind the other and briefly bends her knees and lowers her body in deference.
  • verb To make a curtsey.

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  • noun bending the knees; a gesture of respect made by women
  • verb bend the knees in a gesture of respectful greeting


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  • "If I go to the best room, there I find my host and his story: if I fly to the gallery, there we have my hostess with her curtsey down to the ground. "

    Goldsmith, She Stoops, III

    January 11, 2007