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[trot] /trɒt/
verb (used without object), trotted, trotting.
(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.
verb (used with object), trotted, trotting.
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.
Verb phrases
trot out, Informal.
  1. to bring forward for inspection.
  2. to bring to the attention of; introduce; submit:
    He trots out his old jokes at every party.
Origin of trot1
1250-1300; (v.) Middle English trotten < Middle French troter < Germanic; akin to Old High German trottōn to tread, whence Middle High German trotten to run; (noun) Middle English < Middle French, derivative of troter
Related forms
untrotted, adjective
Usage note
The meaning “old woman” is archaic, used with disparaging intent especially in contexts where the woman is regarded as mean, ugly, etc. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for trot out
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  • It is a beautiful day, Dog; you won't take a trot out with me?'

    Short Studies on Great Subjects James Anthony Froude
  • I suppose old Don Quixote will trot out some of his Senoritas.

  • Granny must put him in long pants, and then he will trot out to earn a living for himself.

    Irish Ned Samuel Fea
  • Just stack up your pile alongside of that and then trot out your snakelet.'

    Side Show Studies Francis Metcalfe
  • trot out Mr. Allen, somebody, and let him take a toot at it.

    The American Claimant Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • So now you trot out the King and Queen of Pingaree as quick as you can.

    Rinkitink in Oz L. Frank Baum
  • I've lost no Indians, and I'll be hung, if I'm going to trot out my men for nothing.

    Buckskin Mose Buckskin Mose
British Dictionary definitions for trot out

trot out

(transitive, adverb) (informal) to bring forward, as for approbation or admiration, esp repeatedly: he trots out the same excuses every time


verb trots, trotting, trotted
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 together See 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
  1. one of the short lines attached to a trotline
  2. the trotline
(Austral & NZ, informal) a run of luck: a good trot
(mainly Brit) a small child; tot
(US, slang) a student's crib
(informal) on the trot
  1. one after the other: to read two books on the trot
  2. busy, esp on one's feet
(informal) the trots
  1. diarrhoea
  2. (NZ) trotting races
Word Origin
C13: from Old French trot, from troter to trot, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German trotten to run


(informal) a follower of Trotsky; Trotskyist
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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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for trot out

trot out

verb phrase

Toproduce anddisplay for admiration: Oh Lord, he's trotting out his war record again (1845+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with trot out

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. [ ; first half of 1800s ]


In addition to the idiom beginning with trot also see: hot to trot
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