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1. Relating to or suggestive of a colt.
2. Lively and playful; frisky.

colt′ish·ly adv.
colt′ish·ness n.


1. inexperienced; unruly
2. playful and lively
ˈcoltishly adv
ˈcoltishness n


(ˈkoʊl tɪʃ)

1. playful; frolicsome.
2. of, pertaining to, or resembling a colt.
3. not trained or disciplined; unruly; wild.
colt′ish•ly, adv.
colt′ish•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.coltish - given to merry frolicking; "frolicsome students celebrated their graduation with parties and practical jokes"
playful - full of fun and high spirits; "playful children just let loose from school"


[ˈkəʊltɪʃ] ADJjuguetón, retozón
References in classic literature ?
I followed him in, and I remember observing the contrast the neat, bright doctor, with his powder as white as snow and his bright, black eyes and pleasant manners, made with the coltish country folk, and above all, with that filthy, heavy, bleared scarecrow of a pirate of ours, sitting, far gone in rum, with his arms on the table.
He ran well first time but was a bit coltish on his second start, so we gelded him and gave him time.
He was never coltish, just lazy, and he wasn't helping his jockey.
Clad in jeans and a velvet jacket, she was coltish but deliberate, capturing Shelton with her Canon 1DX (she went digital a decade ago but still misses her Hasselblad's "analog feel and the magic of not knowing what you've got until it's processed'').
A vivacious orchestra, conducted with panache by Jacques Lacombe, resplendent chorus (honed to a high level of skill by Leslie Dala) and a frisky, coltish children's chorus (drilled by Kinza Tyrrell) rounded out the onstage complement of performers.
But experience could not hold the coltish energy of youth, as Dennis fought back strong on Sunday to snatch the class win from Pulman as Hutton-le-Hole's Willie Wood held Mark Hardy off for the last award.
Both were leggy and coltish, awkward looking, with feet t90 large for the rest of them.
Adeyemi's strong-running power and appetite to eat up the yards and close opponents down is reminiscent of a coltish Fabrice Muamba when he joined Blues on loan from Arsenal.
He's a tricky customer, quite immature, and he was coltish in the paddock so he's got some growing up to do," Queally told Racing UK of the relative of Group One winner Passage Of Time.
And there doesn't seem to be anything left of the happy, cosmopolitan Germany of 2006, nor of the exciting summer of 2010, when a young German team thrilled the world with its coltish and offensive approach to football at the World Cup in South Africa," it added
Hadley appreciates the freshness of Kocak's dancing--its coltish quality combined with fleet footwork and complete abandon.
Waterford used all their experience to edge out their coltish rivals in the 2008 All-Ireland semi-final though, while Ireland semi-final though, while they only lost the Munster final the following year by four points, they haven't threatened to beat Tipperary in any of their three meetings since.