colt

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A mare and colt.

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English colt, from Old English colt ‎(young donkey, young camel), from Proto-Germanic *kultaz ‎(plump; stump; thick shape, bulb), from Proto-Indo-European *gelt- ‎(something round, pregnant belly, child in the womb), from *gel- ‎(to ball up, amass). Cognate with Norwegian kult ‎(treestump), Swedish kult ‎(young boar, boy, lad). Related to child.

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colt ‎(plural colts)

  1. A young male horse.
  2. A youthful or inexperienced person; a novice.
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, I. ii. 38:
      Ay, that's a colt indeed, for he doth nothing but / talk of his horse, and he makes it a great appropriation to / his own good parts that he can shoe him himself.
  3. (nautical) A short piece of rope once used by petty officers as an instrument of punishment.

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colt ‎(third-person singular simple present colts, present participle colting, simple past and past participle colted)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To horse; to get with young.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To befool.
  3. To frisk or frolic like a colt; to act licentiously or wantonly.
    • Spenser
      They shook off their bridles and began to colt.

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