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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
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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.
TOM DAVIES 7 A handful for Brighton pushing forward, his coltish display showed some inexperience of youth.
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Roger Varian's colt disappointed when eighth at Meydan last time but lost that race before the start when coltish in the preliminaries and he is worth another chance.
He was never coltish, just lazy, and he wasn't helping his jockey.
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.
Kylie and I crouched down and belly-crawled, our knobby, coltish knees scratching against the carpet as we tried to maneuver around each other as well as our two siblings, Graham and Roxanne, who were already jailed beneath the single bed's wrought iron bars.
Alexandra Socha is cute and coltish as Alison the college girl, who keeps bursting into exuberant song to celebrate her newfound lesbian identity.
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
Even then, he looked 40 and acted like a coltish boy.