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.

Nearby words

  1. piacevole,
  2. piacular,
  3. piacularly,
  4. piaf,
  5. piaf, edith,
  6. piaget,
  7. piaget, jean,
  8. piagetian,
  9. pial,
  10. pian

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



dressage a passage done on the spot

Word Origin for piaffe

C18: from French, from piaffer to strut

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