curtsey (plural curtsies)
- 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.
- I refused to make so much as a curtsey for the passing nobles, as I am a staunch egalitarian.
- 1868, Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
- ...making stately curtsies, and sweeping her train about with a rustle...
- 1928, D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover
- No caps were touched, no curtseys bobbed.
- French: révérence
- German: Knicks
- Italian: riverenza
- Portuguese: cortesia, reverência
- Russian: ревера́нс
- Spanish: reverencia
curtsey (curtseys, present participle curtseying; past and past participle curtseyed)
- To make a curtsey.
- The hotel's staff variously curtsied, nodded, and bowed to the owner as she passed.
- 1841, Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge
- "I’m sure you’ll excuse me, sir," said Mrs Varden, rising and curtseying.
- 1861, George Eliot, Silas Marner
- On the other hand, Mrs. Ladbrook was standing in skull-cap and front, with her turban in her hand, curtsying and smiling blandly...
- 1887, H. Rider Haggard, Allan Quatermain
- 'I be as nothing in the eyes of my lord,' and she curtseyed towards him...
- 1890, James Russell Lowell, Address ↗ in Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
- But DANTE was a great genius, and language curtseys to its natural Kings.
- 1903, W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk
- He curtsied low, and then bowed almost to the ground, with an imperturbable gravity that seemed almost suspicious.
- 1908, Caroline Crawford, Folk Dances and Games ↗
- The gentleman bows and the lady curtesys (measure eight).
- French: faire la révérence, révérencier
- German: knicksen
- Italian: fare la riverenza
- Portuguese: cortejar
- Spanish: inclinarse, hacer una reverencia