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coltish

[kohl-tish] /ˈkoʊl tɪʃ/
adjective
1.
playful; frolicsome.
2.
of, relating to, or resembling a colt.
3.
not trained or disciplined; unruly; wild.
Origin of coltish
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English. See colt, -ish1
Related forms
coltishly, adverb
coltishness, noun
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  • Youth is uncharitable to youth, so coltish and impatient with shortcomings, and so infinitely borable.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • Rousing themselves from coltish recollections of their own, perhaps, the horses began to trot.

    Old Caravan Days Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • The Professor's coltish Daughter regained her adolescent poise, which was considerable.

    What's He Doing in There? Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • Evidently he held to the rowels in fond memory of his days of 17 slender youth and coltish gambolings.

    Bred of the Desert Marcus Horton
  • Old Bess was rearing and plunging with a coltish animation quite inconsistent with the dignity of her twenty-three years.

    Peggy Raymond's Vacation Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
  • "Maybe he's a shape-changer," the Professor's coltish Daughter said in a burst of evil fantasy.

    What's He Doing in There? Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • He dwelt on their coltish doings, their adventures sought and wrought in the perfect fellowship of youth.

    The Virginian Owen Wister
  • It was a clean-limbed, coltish lass of thirteen who gained the race and sprang first into the arms of Muckle Alick.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • "He may be dead or dying," the Professor's coltish Daughter suggested briskly.

    What's He Doing in There? Fritz Reuter Leiber
British Dictionary definitions for coltish

coltish

/ˈkəʊltɪʃ/
adjective
1.
inexperienced; unruly
2.
playful and lively
Derived Forms
coltishly, adverb
coltishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for coltish
adj.

late 14c., "wild, frisky," also in early use "lustful, lewd," from colt + -ish. Lit. sense of "pertaining to a colt" is recorded from 1540s.

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