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[trot-er] /ˈtrɒt ər/
an animal that trots, especially a horse bred and trained for harness racing.
a person who moves about briskly and constantly.
the foot of an animal, especially of a sheep or pig, used as food.
Origin of trotter
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at trot1, -er1 Unabridged
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  • While bivouacking on the Hiawasse, a citizen named trotter, came into camp.

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
  • What's the damage for the brace of trotter boxes, old Flybynight?

  • trotter says that national unity is what is wanted most of all things now in England.

    The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge
  • Then there were a few words said about Miss trotter which were not altogether good-natured.

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope
  • I hired the trap and the trotter from a hotel-keeper at Gueldersdorp.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
British Dictionary definitions for trotter


a person or animal that trots, esp a horse that is specially trained to trot fast
(usually pl) the foot of certain animals, esp of pigs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for trotter

late 14c. as a type of horse; agent noun from trot (v.). Meaning "foot of a quadruped" is from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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