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Curvet  v. i.  (past & past part. curveted or curvetted; pres. part. curveting or curvetting)  
To make a curvet; to leap; to bound. "Oft and high he did curvet."
To leap and frisk; to frolic.

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Curvet" Quotes from Famous Books

... brother sets my mouth watering after liberty. Oh that I were kicked out of Leadenhall with every mark of indignity, and a competence in my fob! The birds of the air would not be so free as I should. How I would prance and curvet it, and pick up cowslips, and ramble ...
— The Best Letters of Charles Lamb • Charles Lamb

... whom I transformed from an insane man-killer into one of the gentlest stallions I ever heard of. I taught him all the niceties of obedience acclaimed in perfect parade horses till he would stand, sidle, back, sidle diagonally, curvet and execute all the show-steps promptly at the signalling touch or sound. I tamed him till he would let anybody gentle him, till it was perfectly safe for anyone to ride him. I even trusted Septima on him and he justified my ...
— Andivius Hedulio • Edward Lucas White

... heard from a person of great parts, and had since profited by it, that ordinary poets are like adders,—the tail blunt and the body rough, and the whole reptile cold-blooded and sluggish: "whereas we," he subjoined, "leap and caracole and curvet, and are as warm as velvet, and as sleek as satin, and as perfumed as a Naples fan, in every part of us; and the end of our poems is as pointed as a perch's back-fin, and it requires as much nicety to pick it up as a needle{38a} at nine ...
— Citation and Examination of William Shakspeare • Walter Savage Landor

... miles, when the sound of wheels behind made him turn his head, and he perceived a chaise driven very fast, while out of the windows thereof dangled strangely a pair of human legs. The pad began to curvet as the post horses rattled behind, and the Parson had only an indistinct vision of a human face supplanting these human legs. The traveller peered out at him as he whirled by—saw Mr. Dale tossed up and down on the saddle, and cried ...
— The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851 • Various

... immediately accosted him; and, as is not unfrequently the case with fair ladies, opened the attack by questions. "Where had he been? What had become of him so long? Why had they not seen him as usual make his fine horse curvet in such beautiful style, to the delight and astonishment of the curious ...
— The Man in the Iron Mask • Alexandre Dumas, Pere

... and as he came through, Agnew Greatorix made his horse curvet, pushing the frail form of the preacher almost ...
— The Lilac Sunbonnet • S.R. Crockett

... Brigade. Brigand. Broccoli. Burlesque. Bust. Cameo. Canteen. Canto. Caprice. Caricature. Carnival. Cartoon. Cascade. Cavalcade. Charlatan. Citadel. Colonnade. Concert. Contralto. Conversazione. Cornice. Corridor. Cupola. Curvet. Dilettante. Ditto. Doge. Domino. Extravaganza. Fiasco. Folio. Fresco. Gazette. Gondola. Granite. Grotto. Guitar. Incognito. Influenza. Lagoon. Lava. Lazaretto. Macaroni. Madonna. Madrigal. Malaria. Manifesto. Motto. Moustache. Niche. Opera. Oratorio. ...
— A Brief History of the English Language and Literature, Vol. 2 (of 2) • John Miller Dow Meiklejohn

... and pebbles. These he set rolling down the mountain's side, and, wonderful to relate, as they rolled they grew in size, made themselves bodies, legs, necks, and long faces. Next they began to neigh, to curvet, to scamper on all sides over the plain. Some were bay, some roan, some dapple, some chestnut. The troops at the foot of the mountain exerted themselves to catch these new-created horses, which they easily did, for the miracle had been so considerate as to provide all the horses with bridles ...
— Bulfinch's Mythology • Thomas Bulfinch

... Convent, and from sheer wantonness I was making my Waler plunge and curvet across the road as I tickled it with the loop ...
— The Works of Rudyard Kipling One Volume Edition • Rudyard Kipling

... of the greatest consolations I draw from these studies, is the ever-strengthening conviction of the beneficent wisdom that framed our Mardi. For did men possess thighs in proportion to fleas, verily, the wicked would grievously leap about, and curvet in the isles." ...
— Mardi: and A Voyage Thither, Vol. II (of 2) • Herman Melville

... curvet some paces forward, by which she and the earl found themselves separated a little from the rest, and were sure of ...
— Henry VIII And His Court • Louise Muhlbach

... rest of the party had taken their seats in the carriage he examined the saddle-girth; then, putting his foot in the stirrup, he sprang to the saddle. The animal began to curvet and nearly threw ...
— Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete • Guy de Maupassant

Words linked to "Curvet" :   spring, jump, bound, vaulting

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