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  1. Also piaf·fer. a cadenced trot executed on one spot, with a well-elevated leg action.
verb (used without object), piaffed, piaff·ing.
  1. (of a horse) to execute such a movement.
  2. (of a rider) to cause a horse to piaffe.
verb (used with object), piaffed, piaff·ing.
  1. to cause (a horse) to piaffe.

Origin of piaffe

First recorded in 1755–65, piaffe is from the French word piaffer; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for piaffe


  1. dressage a passage done on the spot

Word Origin

C18: from French, from piaffer to strut
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