Definition of curvet in English:


Line breaks: cur¦vet
Pronunciation: /kəːˈvɛt

verb (curvets, curvetting, curvetted or curvets, curveting, curveted)

[no object]
1(Of a horse) perform a courbette: Barney and Dolly curvetted for grandma’s benefit
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  • The rough trail rounded a final hill and ended against a high, blank face of stone, and his nervous horse curvetted and fought the bit, flecked with the sweat of panic, as he drew rein.
1.1Leap gracefully or energetically.
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  • It took me some time for the A.G. and myself to get rid of the curvetting dogs, prone as they are to rushing in figures of eight through the house, after which I tried to find Miss Cat, who was not to be had.
  • Duke prances like a bear on his hind legs, forcing May Lundstrom to curvet with him.


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A graceful or energetic leap: he sprang from the ice in a swift, frisky curvet
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  • It comes ‘in curvets and caprioles, with the flashing of glutted fish-runs’, and so on for a page of equally shimmery and restive fine-tuning.


late 16th century: from Italian corvetta, diminutive of corva, earlier form of curva 'a curve', from Latin curvus 'bent'.

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