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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: courtesy

curtsy

verb
     
curt‧sy , curtsey past tense and past participle curtsied, present participle curtsying, third person singular curtsies [intransitive]
if a woman curtsies, she bends her knees with one foot in front of the other as a sign of respect for an important person [↪ bow]
curtsy noun [countable]

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