1 a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles [syn: coil, whorl, roll, curl, ringlet, gyre, scroll]
2 a short twisting line [syn: squiggle]
fancy curling shape
- German: Schnörkel
A curlicue, or alternatively curlycue, in the visual arts, is a fancy twist, or curl, composed usually from a series of concentric circles. It is a recurring motif in architecture (as decoration to the lintel/architrave above a door), in calligraphy and in general scrollwork.