from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Afflicted with spavin.
  • adjective Marked by damage, deterioration, or ruin.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Affected with spavin; hence, figuratively, halting; crippled; very lame or limping.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Affected with spavin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having spavin (said of a horse).
  • adjective Old, worn out, obsolete (said figuratively of a person).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (of horses) afflicted with a swelling of the hock-joint


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  • There are two or three-other old war-horses - no more 'spavined' than you, I might add - former Bordermen like you, who have pretty much the same attitudes.

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  • But the hock may be "spavined," while to all outward observation it still retains its perfect form.

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  • If the owner of a "spavined" horse really succeeds in removing the lameness, he has accomplished all that he is justified in hoping for; beyond this let him be well persuaded that a "cure" is impossible.

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  • This past summer, a geezer friend of mine was railing at the current generation of hunters who roost in trees like so many spavined turkeys and rarely walk anywhere.

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  • What they want is a winged chariot pulled by Pegasus; what they have pushed through Congress is a rubbish cart pulled by a spavined donkey — but at winged-chariot prices.

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  • Not the spavined buffoons of the Wodehousian imagination, but the revenge-crazed thugs of the century following the Restoration.

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  • Joe Biden: I had thought of him as merely one more spavined Senate hack.

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  • Only you layer the Companions; top is a pair of glossy matched bays, under that is what any other mage will think is the reality, an illusion of a pair of nasty, old, spavined geldings.

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  • "'I came closer—creeping like a spavined snail, to be sure, for I was gromished from the fall and my right ankle gruppit—and was just about to call once more, when I heard sounds of a rare hochmagandy from inside the arbor.'

    "'Hochmagandy?' I glanced at Jamie, brows raised in question.

    "'Fornication,' he said tersely."

    —Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (NY: Bantam Dell, 2001), 1276–1277

    January 29, 2010

  • "Always be hot up in here," the woman said and she made a half-hearted gesture over her shoulder at the spavined house, but she wasn't looking back toward the house; her gaze had drifted down first to Almon, then inched its way over to Mickey.

    "Twins" by C.E. Morgan, in The New Yorker, June 14 & 21, 2010, page 124

    July 13, 2010