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dogtrot

[dawg-trot, dog-]
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noun
  1. a gentle trot, like that of a dog.
  2. South Midland and Southern U.S. a covered passage or porch linking two parts of a house; breezeway.
verb (used without object), dog·trot·ted, dog·trot·ting.
  1. to go or move at a gentle trot or a dogtrot.

Origin of dogtrot

First recorded in 1655–65; dog + trot1
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Examples from the Web for dogtrot

Historical Examples

  • To conserve his strength and wind he kept his pace to a dogtrot.

    The Golden Skull

    John Blaine

  • Brown saluted the second time, and started off at a dogtrot.

    A Volunteer with Pike

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • And away they hurried, most of them at a dogtrot, to wash themselves in the river.

    The Bontoc Igorot

    Albert Ernest Jenks

  • John continued on a dogtrot towards home, and a moment later was pestering Mrs. Fletcher at her work in the kitchen.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely

  • (Fannie was evidently referring to the breezeway or dogtrot, down the middle of many small plantation houses).


British Dictionary definitions for dogtrot

dogtrot

noun
  1. a gently paced trot
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