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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

n. - Bending at the knees v. - Bend the knees in a gesture of respectful greeting.

Usage examples (37)
  • For men this is a neck bow, from the head only, whilst women do a small curtsy.
  • The young Elizabeth, the one who would be queen, whispers to her sister Margaret, "curtsy".
  • As long as she behaved respectfully, Americans shouldn't "curtsy" and grovel before foreign potentates.
  • "Charmed to meet you," said Mrs. Pickering again, giving a kind of curtsy and smiling at Lady Gertrude. for more
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  • A "curtsy" (bending of the knees as a formal bow made by women) is an old-fashioned "courtesy" (polite behavior).
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