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Related to curtal: Curtal dog, Curtal friar


n. Archaic
1. An animal with a docked tail.
2. See dulcian.
3. Something cut short or docked.
adj. Obsolete
Cut short or docked.

[Obsolete French courtault, from Old French, from court, short, from Latin curtus; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]


1. cut short
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (of friars) wearing a short frock
3. an animal whose tail has been docked
4. something that is cut short
[C16: from Old French courtault animal whose tail has been docked, from court short, from Latin curtus; see curt]


(ˈkɜr tl)

1. Archaic. wearing a short frock: a curtal friar.
2. Obs. brief; curtailed.
3. Obs. an animal with a docked tail.
[1500–10; earlier courtault < Middle French, =court short (see curt) + -ault, variant of -ald n. suffix; see ribald]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.curtal - (obsolete) cut short; "a dog with a curtal tail"
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
short - (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length; "short skirts"; "short hair"; "the board was a foot short"; "a short toss"
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Thou pratest like an ass," said Robin, "for I could send this shaft clean through thy proud heart before a curtal friar could say grace over a roast goose at Michaelmastide.
It would seem that the manuscript is here imperfect, for we do not find the reasons which finally induce the curtal Friar to amend the King's cheer.
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Beasley provides detailed and convincing readings of the poems he discusses, demonstrating that the mature sonnets, whether curtal or extended, offer through their 4 : 3 ratio an "asymmetrical balance" (p.
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In part 1, the poem "Searchlight" is a special form of Gerard Manley Hopkins's shortened or curtal sonnet.
Hume ("Dorset Garden" 16n8) acknowledge, upon the interpretation of a single stage direction from George Etherege's She Wou'd If She Cou'd (16683): "Enter the Women, and after 'em Curtal at the lower Door, and Free[man] at the upper on the contrary side" (17).
Their appearance next Thursday at The Maudslay pub, Allesley Old Road, is supported by local duo Sophie Matthews and Tony Millyard, playing festive upbeat medieval and renaissance music on a variety of authentic instruments including hurdy-gurdy, rauschpfeife, curtal, shawm and Flemish bagpipes.
But some, such as the shawm, curtal, crumhorn and lute, seem more exotic.
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Watson, one of the most thoughtful and discerning critics of Hopkins's sonnets, offers an illuminating reading of the curtal sonnets in The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins (London: Penguin, 1989), pp.
The pejorative development of curtal was so far-fetched that already in the 17th century it was entrenched in the relevant location of the attributive path of DOMAIN OF CHARACTER, BEHAVIOUR AND MORALITY highlighting the value (PROSTITUTE).