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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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Examples from the Web for colts
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  • 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 Booth Tarkington
  • There are colts, and the storm of yesterday might make trouble.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • I want to take a look at that bunch of colts and size up the water there.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • I have two colts, named Nellie and Dollie, and a puppy named Carlo.

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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