EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CURTSY
"My name is Merle Uthoug," said the dark one, with a curtsy.
The little girl took it smilingly, made me a curtsy, and went on.
The "all-highest Lord" looks daggers at me—I curtsy and smile!
There was a tremble in her voice as she slipped from the davenport and bobbed a curtsy.
"I shall in all things serve your Grace," said she, with a curtsy.
“I dare to say your ladyship is right,” said Dinah, dropping a curtsy.
All women, whatever their husband's rank, must curtsy to a Royal Prince.
There is always some one higher up to whom German women must curtsy.
Frankly, you have puzzled me; and that curtsy caps the climax.
And with a curtsy and a smile she would end this sort of colloquy.
1540s, "expression of respect," a variant of courtesy (q.v.). Specific meaning "a bending the knee and lowering the body as a gesture of respect" is from 1570s. Originally not exclusively feminine.