spavined

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

spavin +‎ -ed

Adjective[edit]

spavined (comparative more spavined, superlative most spavined)

  1. Having spavin (said of a horse).
    • 2010, Stephen Donaldson, Against All Things Ending: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Hachette UK ISBN 9780575089082
      He was mounted on a mangy, shovel-headed horse so spavined that it should have been unable to support his improbable bulk.
  2. Old, worn out, obsolete (said figuratively of a person).
    • 1937, P. G. Wodehouse, 'Lord Emsworth and Others', Overlook, Woodstock: 2002, p 95.
      The cry, in certain of its essentials not unlike the wail of a soul in torment, rolled out over the valley, and the young man on the seventh tee, from whose lips it had proceeded, observing that the little troupe of spavined octogenarians doddering along the fairway paid no attention whatever, gave his driver a twitch as if he was about to substitute action for words.
    • I’m a spavined old warrior, and I don't have much time left in this world, but I still have a few tricks to teach these whippersnappers.

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