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[kan-ter] /ˈkæn tər/
an easy gallop.
verb (used with or without object)
to move or ride at a canter.
Origin of canter1
First recorded in 1745-55; short for Canterbury to ride at a pace like that of Canterbury pilgrims Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cantering
Historical Examples
  • And I've been thinking about you just cantering through wild, gay adventures.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Some time later Nancy and Tom watched her cantering across the beach.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • He gets his work before sunrise, and at that most of it is just cantering.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • cantering on, he leapt from his horse, dropped the reins on its neck, and ran forward.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
  • "Colomba, you're talking nonsense," said Orso, cantering forward.

    Columba Prosper Merimee
  • In another hour or so they were cantering up the face of Ridgebury Hill.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • You may scare them into cantering down into the midst of the Boers!

    A Dash from Diamond City George Manville Fenn
  • The next moment the pair were up and cantering toward the spot.

  • Bridget would stay in the house, she had no fancy for cantering about.

    A Modern Cinderella Amanda M. Douglas
  • There was no question of cantering, or even of trotting, now.

    Sophy of Kravonia Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for cantering


an easy three-beat gait of horses, etc, between a trot and a gallop in speed
at a canter, easily; without effort: he won at a canter
to move or cause to move at a canter
Word Origin
C18: short for Canterbury trot, the supposed pace at which pilgrims rode to Canterbury
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cantering



1755, from canter (v.).



1706, from a contraction of Canterbury gallop (1630s), "easy pace at which pilgrims ride to Canterbury" (q.v.). Related: Cantered; cantering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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