verb (used without object), fox-trot·ted, fox-trot·ting.

to dance a fox trot.

Origin of fox-trot

First recorded in 1915–20

fox trot


a social dance, in quadruple meter, performed by couples, characterized by various combinations of slow and quick steps.
a pace, as of a horse, consisting of a series of short steps, as in slackening from a trot to a walk.

Origin of fox trot

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fox-trot

Historical Examples of fox-trot

  • Then I went over to the victrola and set it going in a fox-trot, one of my favorites.


    Cleveland Moffett

  • It was no fox-trot, nor yet so fast as the Derby record, but most excellent for a mule.

  • Never thought you were going to fox-trot backwards all over the fairway.

  • One-step, fox-trot and a Lulu Fado followed in smooth succession.

    A Man's Hearth

    Eleanor M. Ingram

  • "I think it's what they call a fox-trot," remarked Gordon, doubtfully.

    A Top-Floor Idyl

    George van Schaick

Word Origin and History for fox-trot

fox trot


also fox-trot, foxtrot, "pace with short steps," such as a fox's, 1872, from fox (n.) + trot (n.). As a type of popular dance, from 1915.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper