colt·​ish | \ ˈkōl-tish How to pronounce coltish (audio) \

Definition of coltish

1a : not subjected to discipline
b : frisky, playful coltish antics
2 : of, relating to, or resembling a colt coltish legs

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Other Words from coltish

coltishly adverb
coltishness noun

Examples of coltish in a Sentence

off camera the actor is high-spiritedly coltish, but turns serious once the camera starts rolling
Recent Examples on the Web Ramirez muttered and sighed as the teens, with their baby faces and coltish bodies, bumbled a run-through. Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times, "Gay shopkeeper stands his ground in a Central Valley town, carving out space for others," 20 Aug. 2019 Such is the case with our guest, the McLaren 600LT Spider ($306,000, as tested), the open-air version of the British speed shop’s coltish club racer. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2020 McLaren 600LT Spider: The ‘Attainable’ Supercar," 1 Mar. 2019 Harrison Coll, a corps dancer who made his debut as Romeo on Tuesday, is endearingly impulsive and coltish. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: ‘Romeo + Juliet,’ a Movielike Ballet in Need of Better Direction," 14 Feb. 2018 On a bare-bones stage with the moodiest of lighting, her band little more than silhouettes, Lorde gestured and danced with a coltish awkwardness that contrasted with the maturity in her big, confident yet confiding voice. Greg Kot,, "Lorde injects pop songs with anxiety at Allstate Arena," 28 Mar. 2018 Willie Wise, the son of a Souderton obstetrician, was a coltish 15-year-old in the middle of a growth spurt. Craig R. Mccoy / Staff Writer,, "Horror on the mountain," 12 July 2017 The two Jones families find plenty of occasions to interact, resulting in some mild flirting between Jennifer and her new neighbor John and perhaps something more carnal between the coltish Pony and the lumbering Bob. Robert W. Butler,, "‘The Realistic Joneses’ is a carefully choreographed word play," 28 May 2017 But one of my early Kentucky teachers saw something in my high-energy, coltish physicality that, in his eyes, made me good Balanchine material. Wendy Whelan, New York Times, "Wendy Whelan: The First Time I Danced a Balanchine Ballet (the Day He Died)," 23 May 2017

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First Known Use of coltish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Coltish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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