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[spav-ind] /ˈspæv ɪnd/
suffering from or affected with spavin.
being of or marked by a decrepit or broken-down condition:
a spavined old school bus abandoned in a field.
Origin of spavined
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, spavined is from the late Middle English word spaveyned. See spavin, -ed3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I can size a player up as quick as a horse buyer can a spavined nag.

    Baseball Joe at Yale Lester Chadwick
  • Alfred was provided with a rickety buggy and a spavined horse.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • It is not fine music, that of the hand-organ and the street bands; it is indeed too oft a cracked and spavined pleasure.

    From the Easy Chair, vol. 1 George William Curtis
  • Say, wouldst thou rise with a lantern jaw and a spavined knee?

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities Herman Melville
  • The animal was lean, spavined, and tottering; and the author proposed to constitute it of the family of Fitfordogsmeataurious.

  • "Walks like a pair of spavined sugar tongs," was Waddles' comment.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • I want a man who can look over a bond issue, or whatever it is, and tell me at a glance whether it's spavined or wind-broken.

    Dennison Grant Robert Stead
  • "Looks like that car is spavined, or something," commented Bill.

  • At a little distance grazed an old horse, gray and gaunt, springhalt and spavined, with ribs like Death's own.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for spavined


(vet science) affected with spavin; lame
decrepit or worn out
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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