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.