• (British) enPR: kŭrʹē, IPA: /ˈkʌ.ɹi/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkʌ.ɹi/
  • (America) IPA: /kɜ.ɹi/
1747 (as currey, first published recipe for the dish in English), from Tamil கறி, influenced by existing Middle English cury, from Middle French cuyre (from which also cuisine), from Vulgar Latin cocere, from Latin coquere, present active infinitive of coquō.

Earlier cury found in 1390 cookbook Forme of Cury (Forms of Cooking) by court chefs of Richard II of England.



  1. One of a family of dishes originating from South Asian cuisine, flavoured by a spiced sauce.
    Synonyms: Ruby Murray
  2. A spiced sauce or relish, especially one flavoured with curry powder.
  3. Curry powder.
    Synonyms: curry powder
  • French: curry
  • German: Curry
  • Italian: curry
  • Portuguese: curry
  • Russian: ка́рри
  • Spanish: curri
Translations Verb


  1. (transitive) To cook or season with curry powder.


  1. (transitive) To groom (a horse); to dress or rub down a horse with a curry comb.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher, “The Tragedy of Valentinian”, in Comedies and Tragedies […], London: Printed for Humphrey Robinson, […], and for Humphrey Moseley […], published 1647, OCLC 3083972 ↗, Act 2, scene 1:
      Your short horse is soon curried.
  2. (transitive) To dress (leather) after it is tanned by beating, rubbing, scraping and colouring.
  3. (transitive) To beat, thrash; to drub.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher, “The Island Princess”, in Comedies and Tragedies […], London: Printed for Humphrey Robinson, […], and for Humphrey Moseley […], published 1647, OCLC 3083972 ↗, Act 4, scene 2:
      I have seen him curry a fellow's carcase handsomely.
    • 1663, Samuel Butler (poet), Hudibras part 1, canto 1
      […] By setting brother against brother / To claw and curry one another.
  4. (transitive) To try to win or gain (favour) by flattering.
Translations Translations
  • German: nasszurichten
Translations Verb


  1. (transitive, computing) To perform currying upon.
    • 2011, Zachary Kessin, Programming HTML5 Applications: Building Powerful Cross-Platform Environments in JavaScript, "O'Reilly Media, Inc." (ISBN 9781449399085), page 21:
      The easiest way to curry parameters is to create a function that takes a parameter block and returns a function that will call the original function with the presupplied parameters as defaults […] .
    • 2015, Leonardo Borges, Clojure Reactive Programming, Packt Publishing Ltd (ISBN 9781783986675), page 194:
      Next, we curry the avg function to 3 arguments and put it into an option.
  • German: schönfinkeln


  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To scurry; to ride or run hastily
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To cover (a distance); (of a projectile) to traverse (its range).
    • 1608, George Chapman, The Conspiracie, and Tragedie of Charles Duke of Byron 2.245
      I am not hee that can ... by midnight leape my horse, curry seauen miles.
    • 1662, Thomas Salusbury, Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Dialogue Two)
      All these shots shall curry or finish their ranges in times equal to each other.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To hurry.
    • 1676, Andrew Marvell, Mr. Smirke 34
      A sermon is soon curryed over.

curry (plural curries)

  1. Obsolete form of quarry#English|quarry.

Proper noun
  1. Surname, anglicized from Irish Ó Comhraidhe.
  2. Surname, a variant of Corr.
  3. Surname, a variant of Currie.
  4. Surname, a variant of Currie.
  5. A locale in US.
    1. An unincorporated community in Pike County, Alabama.
    2. An unincorporated community in Talladega County, Alabama.
    3. An unincorporated community in Walker County, Alabama.
    4. A ghost town in Alaska.

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