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- n. 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.
- v. To make a curtsey.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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..
- intransitive v. to perform a curtsy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. bending the knees; a gesture of respect made by women
- v. bend the knees in a gesture of respectful greeting
He explained that the word curtsey comes from the word "courtesy."
The "curtsey" -- or "courtesy" -- is a feature of the minuet, and revived with the old-fashioned dance.
‘As you please, young gentleman,’ said the landlady, and then, making a kind of curtsey, she again retired to the side apartment.
Just as Mrs Jenkins was making a kind of curtsey by the bedside Gladys said that she saw Mr Prothero riding up to the house.
She made a kind of curtsey and began to speak, but no sooner did she see his face than she held her tongue.
Elfrida's little curtsey was not at all the right kind of curtsey, but it had to do.
I was so overwhelmed with surprise and awe that I forgot to make the proper response of a "curtsey," but ran home as fast as I could go to proclaim the wonder.
"As you please, young gentleman," said the landlady, and then making a kind of curtsey, she again retired to the side apartment.
'As you please, young gentleman,' said the landlady, and then, making a kind of curtsey, she again retired to the side apartment.
"Welcome back, Masser Mile," Dido began with a curtsey, meaning "Welcome back from being half-drowned;" "ebberybody _so_ grad you isn't hurt!"