Definition of coltish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊltɪʃ/


Energetic but awkward in one’s movements or behaviour: long, lean, coltish women their impossibly coltish legs
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  • They capture the coltish youth of two 16-year-olds in the throes of first love, but somehow missing is the fever of a relationship that spirals toward death.
  • There she was gambolling around Covent Garden one afternoon in her school uniform, minding her own business, when a scout from Elite modelling agency caught sight of the coltish 15-year-old.
  • They paid the princely sum of one shilling to queue up on the narrow staircase and head downstairs into a room filled with the noise of revelling mop-headed boys and coltish girls with pale-painted mouths and thick, black eyelashes.



Example sentences
  • He is coltishly appealing, brave, leathery, and a West Pointer.
  • Instead of standing as if she were balancing a book on her head, she was knock-kneed and coltishly awkward.
  • Critically acclaimed and coltishly adored, the album was recorded to the highest standards.


Example sentences
  • It gives off a kind of zeitgeist instead of coltishness and pride.
  • Even now, her skinny blue-jeaned legs still betraying an awkward coltishness and her porcelain features devoid of makeup, she could pass as a pre-teen.
  • The piece is bemused, tender and funny, the dancing evocative not only of the disgraced president's choppy gestures but also of the coltishness of adolescent girls.

Words that rhyme with coltish


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