SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN noun a manner of walking, stepping, or running. any of the manners in which a horse moves, as a walk, trot, canter, gallop, or rack. verb (used with object) to teach a specified gait or gaits to (a horse). Origin of gait 1500–10; Scots, Middle English
spelling variant of
in various senses
Can be confused gait gate.
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British Dictionary definitions for gaiting noun manner of walking or running; bearing (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 verb (tr) to teach (a horse) a particular gait Word Origin for gait
C16: variant of
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Word Origin and History for gaiting n.
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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n. A particular way or manner of walking.
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