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- of a horse, to leap about, frolic
*1963: Firelily, under him, seemed sexually aroused, she curveted and frolicked so about the line of march, covering five miles to the prisoners' one. — Thomas Pynchon, V.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Cur"vet (kûr"v?t or kûr-v?t"; 277),
n. [OE. corvet, It. corvetta: cf.
F. courbette. See Curve, and cf. Corvetto.]
1. (Man.) A particular leap of a
horse, when he raises both his fore legs at once, equally
advanced, and, as his fore legs are falling, raises his hind
legs, so that all his legs are in the air at once.
2. A prank; a frolic.
Cur"vet, v. i. [imp. & p.
p. Curveted or -vetted; p. pr. &
vb. n. Curveting or -vetting.] [Cf. It.
corvettare. See Curvet, n.]
1. To make a curvet; to leap; to
bound. "Oft and high he did curvet."
2. To leap and frisk; to frolic.
Cur"vet, v. t. To cause to
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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