Bowed vs Curtsied - What's the difference?

bowed | curtsied |


As verbs the difference between bowed and curtsied

is that bowed is (bow) while curtsied is (curtsey).

As an adjective bowed

is having a bow, eg a bowed instrument is played with a bow.

bowed

English

Pronunciation 1

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Verb

(head)
  • (bow)
  • Pronunciation 2

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    Adjective

    (head)
  • Having a bow, e.g. a bowed instrument is played with a bow
  • curtsied

    English

    Verb

    (head)
  • (curtsey)
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    curtsey

    Alternative forms

    * curtsy

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • 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,
  • ...making stately curtsies , and sweeping her train about with a rustle...
  • * 1928,
  • No caps were touched, no curtseys bobbed.

    Verb

  • To make a curtsey.
  • The hotel's staff variously curtsied , nodded, and bowed to the owner as she passed.
  • * 1841,
  • "I’m sure you’ll excuse me, sir," said Mrs Varden, rising and curtseying .
  • * 1861,
  • On the other hand, Mrs. Ladbrook was standing in skull-cap and front, with her turban in her hand, curtsying and smiling blandly...
  • * 1887,
  • '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 curtesys to its natural Kings.
  • * 1903,
  • 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).

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