from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Archaic An animal with a docked tail.
- n. Archaic Something cut short or docked.
- adj. Obsolete Cut short or docked.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A variety of short-barrelled cannon.
- n. A horse or other animal having a docked tail.
- n. An early type of bassoon.
- adj. Of horses, having a docked tail.
- adj. Physically shortened; short.
- adj. Abridged, curtailed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Curt; brief; laconic.
- n. A horse with a docked tail; hence, anything cut short.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Short; cut short; abridged; brief; scant.
- n. A horse or dog with a docked tall: hence applied to a person mutilated in any way.
- n. A short cannon.
- n. A musical instrument of the bassoon kind. Also written courtal, courtel, corthal, cortand, courtant.
- To cut short; curtail.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (obsolete) cut short
Obsolete French courtault, from Old French, from court, short, from Latin curtus; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French courtault (now courtaud), from court ‘short’ + -ault pejorative suffix. (Wiktionary)