Definitions

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  • n. The state or condition of being coltish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Friskiness; wantonness.

Etymologies

coltish +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There's some coltishness here, with occasional imprecision in the writing Mya's encounter with a strangely behaving man in a parking garage should have been suspense gold but just feels awkward and attenuated and mismatched performances but the good far outweighs the bad.

    It's different for everybody

  • There were not many weapons in her arsenal beyond baby-smooth skin, lovely eyes, and an appealing coltishness—but her aim was true.

    Sonnet of the Sphinx

  • ` ` Trim '' is as clumsy as ` ` slender ''; she had escaped from the trimness of girlhood as wholly as she had gone through its coltishness.

    The Conquest of Canaan

  • "Wacht am Rhein" through the starlight of garrisoned towns all the way from the Channel to the Carpathians, will talk of their being "stolid"; but they have, it is true, no coltishness.

    Antwerp to Gallipoli A Year of the War on Many Fronts—and Behind Them

  • The whole body stood a thought too high for its breadth, with a hint of coltishness in the thin arms and thick elbow-joints.

    Lady Good-for-Nothing

  • The grand thing is to get rid of dogged sulks and coltishness; of that wayward, swerving, hesitating gait, which says,

    Hints on Horsemanship, to a Nephew and Niece or, Common Sense and Common Errors in Common Riding

  • RADA intonation contrast markedly with Phil Daniels 'coltishness and spiky Anna Scher School style of raw performance (Daniels was a bona fide Anna Scher graduate, by the way).

    DVD Times

  • He has a stocky appeal she doesn’t altogether discount, she likes the way his thighs fill his trousers, and there’s an appealing coltishness to the face….

    Hound in the Left-hand Corner, The

  • "slender"; she had escaped from the trimness of girlhood as wholly as she had gone through its coltishness.

    The Conquest of Canaan

  • It's a sign of coltishness that I don't care for. "

    The Keeper of the Door

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