[ pyaf ]
/ pyæf /


Also piaf·fer. a cadenced trot executed on one spot, with a well-elevated leg action.

verb (used without object), piaffed, piaff·ing.

(of a horse) to execute such a movement.
(of a rider) to cause a horse to piaffe.

verb (used with object), piaffed, piaff·ing.

to cause (a horse) to piaffe.

Origin of piaffe

First recorded in 1755–65, piaffe is from the French word piaffer; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for piaffe


/ (pɪˈæf) /


dressage a passage done on the spot

Word Origin for piaffe

C18: from French, from piaffer to strut
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