- (of a horse) to go at a gait between a walk and a run, in which the legs move in diagonal pairs, but not quite simultaneously, so that when the movement is slow one foot at least is always on the ground, and when fast all four feet are momentarily off the ground at once.
- to go at a quick, steady pace; move briskly; bustle; hurry.
- to cause to trot.
- to ride (a horse) at a trot.
- to lead at a trot.
- to travel over by trotting: to spend the day trotting the country byways.
- to execute by trotting.
- the gait of a horse, dog, or other quadruped, when trotting.
- the sound made by an animal when trotting.
- the jogging gait of a human being, between a walk and a run.
- Harness Racing. a race for trotters.
- brisk, continuous movement or activity: I've been on the trot all afternoon.
- Archaic: Disparaging. an old woman.
- Slang. a literal translation used illicitly in doing schoolwork; crib; pony.
- the trots, Informal. diarrhea.
- Informal. a toddling child.
- trot out, Informal.
- to bring forward for inspection.
- to bring to the attention of; introduce; submit: He trots out his old jokes at every party.
Origin of trot1
- (tr, adverb) informal to bring forward, as for approbation or admiration, esp repeatedlyhe trots out the same excuses every time
- to move or cause to move at a trot
- angling to fish (a fast-moving stream or river) by using a float and weighted line that carries the baited hook just above the bottom
- a gait of a horse or other quadruped, faster than a walk, in which diagonally opposite legs come down togetherSee also jog trot, rising trot, sitting trot
- a steady brisk pace
- (in harness racing) a race for horses that have been trained to trot fast
- one of the short lines attached to a trotline
- the trotline
- Australian and NZ informal a run of lucka good trot
- mainly British a small child; tot
- US slang a student's crib
- on the trot informal
- one after the otherto read two books on the trot
- busy, esp on one's feet
- the trots informal
- NZtrotting races
- informal a follower of Trotsky; Trotskyist
Word Origin and History for trot out
c.1300, from Old French trot (12c.), from troter "to trot, to go," from Frankish *trotton (cf. Old High German trotton "to tread"), from a variant of the Germanic base of tread (v.). The trots "diarrhea" is recorded from 1808 (cf. the runs).
late 14c., from Old French troter "to trot, to go," from Frankish *trotton (see trot (n.). Italian trottare, Spanish trotar also are borrowed from Germanic. To trot (something) out originally (1838) was in reference to horses; figurative sense of "produce and display for admiration" is slang first recorded 1845. Related: Trotted; trotting.
Idioms and Phrases with trot out
Bring out and show for inspection and admiration, as in He trotted out all his old war medals. This expression alludes to leading out a horse to show off its various paces, including the trot. [Colloquial; first half of 1800s]