There are 2 definitions of curry in English:

curry1

Syllabification: cur·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈkərē, ˈkə-rē
 
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noun (plural curries)

  • A dish of meat, vegetables, etc., cooked in an Indian-style sauce of strong spices and turmeric and typically served with rice.
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    • The foods served in the Balti pan are freshly cooked aromatically spiced curries.
    • Lunch consists of rice served with vegetable and meat curries and sauces such as sambol, a spicy mixture of grated coconut and chili, peppers, pickles, and chutneys.
    • Malays eat rice with fish or meat curry and vegetables cooked in various ways.

verb (curries, currying, curried)

[with object] (usually as adjective curried) Back to top  
  • Prepare or flavor with a sauce of hot-tasting spices: curried chicken
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    • The chef chooses quality and safe cuts of beef from Australia to prepare Western and Asian dishes that are curried, barbecued, braised, grilled, roasted or stewed.
    • Meat and poultry eaters can select from succulently prepared lamb chops, curried or stir fried chicken, baby back ribs and beef tenderloin.
    • Suggestions for fillings include curried chicken salad, or any other sandwich filling or vegetable combination.

Origin

late 16th century: from Tamil kaṛi.

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There are 2 definitions of curry in English:

curry2

Syllabification: cur·ry
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈkərē/

verb (curries, currying, curried)

[with object]
  • 1chiefly North American Groom (a horse) with a rubber or plastic curry comb.
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    • Heaven help the poor kid who had to go in there, muck the floor, and curry the horse.
    • Now he had to curry all the horses, and to clean out their shoes.
    • With superb quickness she curried off the horse, who's winter coat had yet to shed out.
  • 2 historical Treat (tanned leather) to improve its properties.
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    • The hide was first stretched on a variety of different frames, depending on the type of leather to be curried.
    • Also, while it sounds like curried grain leather would work, I cannot find it used in this context, so I can't recommend it either.
  • 2.1 archaic Thrash; beat.

Phrases

curry favor

Ingratiate oneself with someone through obsequious behavior: a wimpish attempt to curry favor with the new bosses
[alteration of Middle English curry favel, from the name (Favel or Fauvel) of a chestnut horse in a 14th-century French romance who became a symbol of cunning and duplicity; hence 'to rub down Favel' meant to use the cunning that he personified]
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  • But for the man still in the post, the players have to place demands on themselves and not be overly concerned about doing the outgoing coach a favour or currying favour with his eventual replacement.
  • Conversely, but equally false, is the image of a toady who curries favor from higher-ups or someone who twists self-sacrifice into a self-serving art form.
  • The frenzy to pass as many Section 140 motions as possible in advance of the June 11 elections is all about currying favour with voters.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French correier, ultimately of Germanic origin.

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