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[kohl-tish] /ˈkoʊl tɪʃ/
playful; frolicsome.
of, relating to, or resembling a colt.
not trained or disciplined; unruly; wild.
Origin of coltish
1350-1400; Middle English. See colt, -ish1
Related forms
coltishly, adverb
coltishness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for coltish
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  • He dwelt on their coltish doings, their adventures sought and wrought in the perfect fellowship of youth.

    The Virginian Owen Wister
  • Rousing themselves from coltish recollections of their own, perhaps, the horses began to trot.

    Old Caravan Days Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Youth is uncharitable to youth, so coltish and impatient with shortcomings, and so infinitely borable.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • 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
  • The Professor's coltish Daughter regained her adolescent poise, which was considerable.

    What's He Doing in There? Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • "He may be dead or dying," the Professor's coltish Daughter suggested briskly.

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


inexperienced; unruly
playful and lively
Derived Forms
coltishly, adverb
coltishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for coltish

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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