[ gey-ter ]
/ ˈgeɪ tər /


a covering of cloth or leather for the ankle and instep and sometimes also the lower leg, worn over the shoe or boot.Compare upper1(def 7).
a cloth or leather shoe with elastic insertions at the sides.
an overshoe with a fabric top.

Nearby words

  1. gainsborough, thomas,
  2. gainst,
  3. gaiseric,
  4. gait,
  5. gaited,
  6. gaithersburg,
  7. gaitskell,
  8. gaitskell, hugh todd naylor,
  9. gaius,
  10. gajdusek

Origin of gaiter

1765–75; < French guêtre, Middle French guiestre, guestre, perhaps < Frankish *wrist, cognate with German Rist ankle, wrist. See wrist

Related formsgai·ter·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gaiter


/ (ˈɡeɪtə) /

noun (often plural)

a cloth or leather covering for the leg or ankle buttoned on one side and usually strapped under the foot
Also called: spat a similar covering extending from the ankle to the instep
a waterproof covering for the ankle worn by climbers and walkers to prevent snow, mud, or gravel entering over the top of the boot
Derived Formsgaiterless, adjective

Word Origin for gaiter

C18: from French guêtre, probably of Germanic origin and related to wrist

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Word Origin and History for gaiter



"leather cover for the ankle," 1775, perhaps from French guêtre "belonging to peasant attire," from Middle French *guestre, probably from Frankish *wrist "instep," from Proto-Germanic *wirstiz (cf. German Rist "instep;" see wrist). Related: Gaiters.

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