Definition for CUR'RY

CUR'RY, v.t. [Fr. corroyer; Arm. courreza; Sp. curtir; Port. cortir. The French and Armoric word seems to be compounded of L. corium, a hide, and the root of rado, to scrape, or of a word of like signification. The Sp. and Port. word seems to be allied to cortex, bark, from stripping; or to L. curtus, short, from cutting. But the L. corium is probably from a root signifying to scrape, or to peel. See Class Gr, Nos. 5 and 8.]

  1. To dress leather after it is tanned; to soak, pare or scrape, cleanse, beat and color tanned hides, and prepare them for use.
  2. To rub and clean with a comb; as, to curry a horse.
  3. To scratch or claw; to tear, in quarrels. By setting brother against brother, / To claw and curry one another. – Butler.
  4. To rub or stroke; to make smooth; to tickle by flattery; to humor. But generally used in the phrase, To curry favor, to seek or gain favor by flattery, caresses, kindness, or officious civilities. [Not elegant.] – Hooker.

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