coltishly, adv.coltishness, n.
/kohl"tish/, adj.
1. playful; frolicsome.
2. of, pertaining to, or resembling a colt.
3. not trained or disciplined; unruly; wild.
[1350-1400; ME. See COLT, -ISH1]

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