Bowed vs Curtsied - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between bowed and curtsied
is that bowed
) while curtsied
As an adjective bowed
is having a bow, eg a bowed instrument
is played with a bow.
Having a bow, e.g. a bowed instrument is played with a bow
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.
- ...making stately curtsies , and sweeping her train about with a rustle...
- No caps were touched, no curtseys bobbed.
To make a curtsey.
- The hotel's staff variously curtsied , nodded, and bowed to the owner as she passed.
- "I’m sure you’ll excuse me, sir," said Mrs Varden, rising and curtseying .
- On the other hand, Mrs. Ladbrook was standing in skull-cap and front, with her turban in her hand, curtsying and smiling blandly...
* 1890, James Russell Lowell,
- 'I be as nothing in the eyes of my lord,' and she curtseyed towards him...
Address in Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
- But DANTE was a great genius, and language curtesys to its natural Kings.
* 1908, Caroline Crawford,
- He curtsied low, and then bowed almost to the ground, with an imperturbable gravity that seemed almost suspicious.
Folk Dances and Games
- The gentleman bows and the lady curtesys (measure eight).