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  1. having a specified gait (usually used in combination): slow-gaited; heavy-gaited oxen.
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Origin of gaited

First recorded in 1580–90; gait + -ed3
Related formsun·gait·ed, adjectivewell-gait·ed, adjective


  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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1. walk, step, stride, bearing, carriage.
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Historical Examples

  • Of every variety of gaited animals which I have seen, the Mississippian pacer is the most desirable.

    The South-West

    Jonathon Holt Ingraham

British Dictionary definitions for gaited


  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

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



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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gaited in Medicine


  1. A particular way or manner of walking.
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