Origin of colt

before 1000; Middle English, Old English; compare dialectal Swedish kult little pig Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of colts

Historical Examples of colts

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for colts


  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 for colt

Old English colt young ass, of obscure origin; compare Swedish dialect kult young animal, boy


  1. trademark a type of revolver, pistol, etc

Word Origin for Colt

C19: named after Samuel Colt (1814–62), American inventor
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper