from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Afflicted with spavin: a spavined horse.
- adj. Marked by damage, deterioration, or ruin: a junkyard full of spavined vehicles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having spavin (said of a horse).
- adj. Old, worn out, obsolete (said figuratively of a person).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Affected with spavin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Affected with spavin; hence, figuratively, halting; crippled; very lame or limping.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of horses) afflicted with a swelling of the hock-joint
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There may seem to be a lot of men supporting you Iain but some of them will be Lib Dems are better referred to as spavined hermaphrodites not knowing which way to turn.
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.
But the hock may be "spavined," while to all outward observation it still retains its perfect form.
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.
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.
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.
Not the spavined buffoons of the Wodehousian imagination, but the revenge-crazed thugs of the century following the Restoration.
Joe Biden: I had thought of him as merely one more spavined Senate hack.
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.
His longhorns were rheumy-eyed and spavined, their ribs as pronounced as wagon spokes, their nostrils and ears and anuses auraed with gnats.