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1. Afflicted with spavin: a spavined horse.
2. Marked by damage, deterioration, or ruin: a junkyard of spavined cars.


1. (Veterinary Science) vet science affected with spavin; lame
2. decrepit or worn out


(ˈspæv ɪnd)

1. affected with spavin.
2. marked by a decrepit or broken-down condition.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.spavined - (of horses) afflicted with a swelling of the hock-joint
unfit - not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition; "fat and very unfit"; "certified as unfit for army service"; "drunk and unfit for service"


adj horsespatkrank
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Look, driven one leg to death, and spavined the other for life, and now wears out bone legs by the cord.
Luckily for them they had not to decide, for lumbering along the road, with one lamp lighted and two spavined horses in the shafts, came a heavy coach, which after a moment's suspense they recognized as the Oxford coach, the redoubtable Pig and Whistle.
There, and there, and everywhere, the mountains of junk: spavined bicycle frames, rusted fifty-five-gallon drums, refrigerators gone leprous with rust, snaggletoothed hay rakes, combine blades, baby carriages.
Like a couple, spavined as old race horses, shuttering the windows on an
There are battle-weary, spavined 944s that have somehow survived from the 1980s, a few big-buttocked 928s, welterweight Caymans and Boxsters and scores of 911s of every incarnation, including at least a dozen modified GT2s and GT3s, Porsche's howling mad race-cars-for-the-road.
Even in graduate classes, however, I have occasionally asked students to read some piece of Dickens, say, or Browning, that shimmered with vitality, lithe, nimble, each word moving precisely in an elegant ballet of tones and meanings, only to find the ballet performed by a troupe, as it were, of knock-kneed, splay-footed, spavined creatures stumbling precariously from one comma to the next.
Everywhere, there is much to talk and gripe about, as Italy is today one of the sick men of the Eurozone, its economy spavined and growth forecasts gloomier than a Puccini opera, but you wouldn't know it to look around.
My house is a decayed house, and the Jew squats an the window sill the owner, Spavined in some estaminet of Antwerp, Blistered in Brussels, patched and peeled in London .
Even greater than the elation over the sudden windfall, however, was the relief that the federal constabulary would not be descending on my domicile to break down our doors, drag me away in chains, and confiscate the family treasure (such as it is)--down to the last farthing, including the spavined plough horse, our first-born child, the moldy seed grain, and whatever stray crumbs or bezoars might remain.