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.
- (UK) IPA(key): /kɒlt/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kəʊlt/, /kɔʊlt/
- (US) IPA(key): /koʊlt/
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- Rhymes: -əʊlt
colt (plural colts)
- A young male horse.
- A youthful or inexperienced person; a novice.
- (nautical) A short piece of rope once used by petty officers as an instrument of punishment.
- (obsolete, transitive) To horse; to get with young.
- (obsolete, transitive) To befool.
- To frisk or frolic like a colt; to act licentiously or wantonly.
- They shook off their bridles and began to colt.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.