What does curry favor mean?

Definitions for curry favor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. curry favor, curry favour, court favor, court favour(verb)

    seek favor by fawning or flattery

    "This employee is currying favor with his superordinates"


  1. curry favor(Verb)

    To seek to gain favor by flattery or attention.

  2. Origin: Originally from a French poem Roman de Fauvel, written in the early 1300s; Fauvel was a conniving stallion, and the play was a satire on the corruption of social life. The name Fauvel points to the fauve ('chestnut, reddish-yellow, or fawn'), another sense of fauve meaning the class of wild animals whose coats are at least partly brown, and the medieval belief that a fallow horse was a symbol of deceit and dishonesty. The phrase curry Fauvel, then, referred to flattering the horse, and was turned by later speakers into curry favor.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of curry favor in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of curry favor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kirk Hanson:

    Now that she is gearing up to run for president, the same potential exists for foreign governments to curry favor with her as a potential president of the United States, she can't recuse herself [if she becomes president].

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Translations for curry favor

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • mielistelläFinnish
  • een wit voetje halen, slijmenDutch
  • подлизываться, заискиватьRussian

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