- a young male animal of the horse family.
- a male horse of not more than four years of age.
- a young or inexperienced person.
Origin of colt
Examples from the Web for colts
The Colts story appears in The Power of Habit as part of a longer discussion of the role of belief in habit formation.Ashamed to Buy The Secret? Try These Books Instead!
June 5, 2012
Buzz Bissinger on whether the aging quarterback should play again after his release from the Colts.
I was moved when he talked about all the members of the Colts organization he would miss, even the equipment guys.
That meant that, in general, there was an expectation that the Colts would win by seven points.What Investors Should Learn From the NFL
May 6, 2011
Yet no one ever saw, or could ever tell what became of any one, or all of the colts.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Horses whinnied in the stables, and colts dashed about the pastures.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
She stroked the sleek necks of the colts and handed them bunches of grass.The Gentleman From Indiana
There are colts, and the storm of yesterday might make trouble.
I want to take a look at that bunch of colts and size up the water there.
- a male horse or pony under the age of four
- an awkward or inexperienced young person
- a young and inexperienced player
- a member of a junior team
- trademark a type of revolver, pistol, etc
Word Origin and History for colts
Old English colt "colt," originally "young ass," in Biblical translations also used for "young camel," perhaps from Proto-Germanic *kultaz (cf. Swedish dialectal kult "young boar, piglet; boy," Danish kuld "offspring, brood") and akin to child. Applied to persons from early 13c.
COLT'S TOOTH An old fellow who marries, or keeps a young girl, is ſaid to have a colt's tooth in his head. ["Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1796]
type of revolver, 1838, originally the manufacture of U.S. gunsmith Samuel Colt (1814-1862).