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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dressage a passage done on the spot
Word Origin for piaffe
C18: from French, from piaffer to strut
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