canter

1
[kan-ter]
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to move or ride at a canter.

Origin of canter

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First recorded in 1745–55; short for Canterbury to ride at a pace like that of Canterbury pilgrims
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Related Words for cantered

lope, race, trot

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British Dictionary definitions for cantered

canter

noun
  1. an easy three-beat gait of horses, etc, between a trot and a gallop in speed
  2. at a canter easily; without efforthe won at a canter
verb
  1. to move or cause to move at a canter

Word Origin for canter

C18: short for Canterbury trot, the supposed pace at which pilgrims rode to Canterbury
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Word Origin and History for cantered

canter

n.

1755, from canter (v.).

canter

v.

1706, from a contraction of Canterbury gallop (1630s), "easy pace at which pilgrims ride to Canterbury" (q.v.). Related: Cantered; cantering.

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