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colt

[kohlt] /koʊlt/
noun
1.
a young male animal of the horse family.
2.
a male horse of not more than four years of age.
3.
a young or inexperienced person.
Origin of colt
dialectal Swedish
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; compare dialectal Swedish kult little pig
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  • Game was wanting, and as they marched they killed one after another of their colts for food.

    Explorers and Travellers Adolphus W. Greely
  • I saw the other colts led in, and I knew they were having a good feed.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
  • News for you, Molly, said Kent, as soon as he could get the colts down to a conversation permitting trot.

  • The colts neighed when any one passed by, and galloped, galloped.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • The boys, if not as wild as colts—that is, as wild as most boys would have been—were only the more deeply excited.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • Here a Ranchman hired us to kill Black bear which were killing his colts.

    Black Beaver James Campbell Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for colts

colt

/kəʊlt/
noun
1.
a male horse or pony under the age of four
2.
an awkward or inexperienced young person
3.
(sport)
  1. a young and inexperienced player
  2. a member of a junior team
Word Origin
Old English colt young ass, of obscure origin; compare Swedish dialect kult young animal, boy

Colt

/kəʊlt/
noun
1.
trademark a type of revolver, pistol, etc
Word Origin
C19: named after Samuel Colt (1814–62), American inventor
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Word Origin and History for colts

colt

n.

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]

Colt

n.

type of revolver, 1838, originally the manufacture of U.S. gunsmith Samuel Colt (1814-1862).

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