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 formscolt·ish·ly, adverbcolt·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coltish

Historical Examples of coltish

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for coltish



inexperienced; unruly
playful and lively
Derived Formscoltishly, adverbcoltishness, 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