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  1. a manner of walking, stepping, or running.
  2. any of the manners in which a horse moves, as a walk, trot, canter, gallop, or rack.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to teach a specified gait or gaits to (a horse).
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Origin of gait

1500–10; Scots, Middle English spelling variant of gate1 in various senses
Can be confusedgait gate.

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Related Words for gait

bearing, canter, lick, march, tread, clip, gallop, amble, movement, walk, motion, pace, step, run, stride, speed, carriage, trot

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Historical Examples of gait

  • He slouched slightly in his gait, like the heavy man accustomed to the saddle.


    William J. Locke

  • Dozier kept Gray Peter at a steady pace, never varying his gait.

  • The amazing lift was gone from her gait, and she pounded heavily with the forelegs.

  • We couldn't ever git away from them at this gait, and I couldn't hold on forever.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • A person distinguishable from a civilian by his uniform and from a soldier by his gait.

British Dictionary definitions for gait


  1. manner of walking or running; bearing
  2. (used esp of horses and dogs) the pattern of footsteps at various speeds, as the walk, trot, canter, etc, each pattern being distinguished by a particular rhythm and footfall
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  1. (tr) to teach (a horse) a particular gait
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Word Origin for gait

C16: variant of gate 1
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Word Origin and History for gait


c.1300, gate "a going or walking, departure, journey," earlier "way, road, path" (c.1200), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse gata "way, road, path"), cognate with Old High German gazza "street, German Gasse, Gothic gatwo. Meaning "manner of walking" is from mid-15c. Modern spelling developed before 1750, originally in Scottish. Related: Gaited.

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gait in Medicine


  1. A particular way or manner of walking.
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