Definition of coltish in English:

coltish

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊltɪʃ
 
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adjective

  • Energetic but awkward in one’s movements or behaviour: long, lean, coltish women their impossibly coltish legs
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Derivatives

coltishly

adverb
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  • 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.

coltishness

noun
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  • 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.

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