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Curvet (verb)

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To Cúrvet. v.n. [corvettare, Italian.]

  1. To leap; to bound.

    Cry, holla! to thy tongue; I pr'ythee: it curvets unseasonably. Shakespeare's As you like it.

    Himself he on an earwig set,
    Yet scarce he on his back could get,
    So oft and high he did curvet,
    'Ere he himself could settle.
    Drayton's Nymphid.

    Seiz'd with unwonted pain, surpriz'd with fright,
    The wounded steed curvets; and, rais'd upright,
    Lights on his feet before: his hoofs behind
    Spring up in air aloft, and lash the wind.
    Dryden's Æneis.

  2. To frisk; to be licentious.

Sources: Shakespeare's As You Like It (40) · Drayton, Michael (7) · Dryden, John (788)

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