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trot1

[trot]
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verb (used without object), trot·ted, trot·ting.
  1. (of a horse) to go at a gait between a walk and a run, in which the legs move in diagonal pairs, but not quite simultaneously, so that when the movement is slow one foot at least is always on the ground, and when fast all four feet are momentarily off the ground at once.
  2. to go at a quick, steady pace; move briskly; bustle; hurry.
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verb (used with object), trot·ted, trot·ting.
  1. to cause to trot.
  2. to ride (a horse) at a trot.
  3. to lead at a trot.
  4. to travel over by trotting: to spend the day trotting the country byways.
  5. to execute by trotting.
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noun
  1. the gait of a horse, dog, or other quadruped, when trotting.
  2. the sound made by an animal when trotting.
  3. the jogging gait of a human being, between a walk and a run.
  4. Harness Racing. a race for trotters.
  5. brisk, continuous movement or activity: I've been on the trot all afternoon.
  6. Archaic: Disparaging. an old woman.
  7. Slang. a literal translation used illicitly in doing schoolwork; crib; pony.
  8. the trots, Informal. diarrhea.
  9. Informal. a toddling child.
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Verb Phrases
  1. trot out, Informal.
    1. to bring forward for inspection.
    2. to bring to the attention of; introduce; submit: He trots out his old jokes at every party.
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Origin of trot1

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English trotten < Middle French troter < Germanic; akin to Old High German trottōn to tread, whence Middle High German trotten to run; (noun) Middle English < Middle French, derivative of troter
Related formsun·trot·ted, adjective

Usage note

The meaning “old woman” is archaic, used with disparaging intent especially in contexts where the woman is regarded as mean, ugly, etc.

trot2

[trot]
noun
  1. a trotline.
  2. a short line with hooks, attached to the trotline.
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Origin of trot2

First recorded in 1880–85; short for trotline
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Related Words

scamper, hurry, amble, lope, jog, canter, run, ride, pad, go, rack

Examples from the Web for trot

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Historical Examples

  • They urged their horses into a trot, and soon found that Dick was right.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • "You must a-been born with all your teeth," said the private, as we quickened to a trot.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • It was almost nowhere possible to trot, and we had to plod on, step by step.

  • Now we can trot our beasts and not be smothered in other folk's dust.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • When we made our way out on the bank, the horses were all put to the trot.

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov


British Dictionary definitions for trot

trot

verb trots, trotting or trotted
  1. to move or cause to move at a trot
  2. angling to fish (a fast-moving stream or river) by using a float and weighted line that carries the baited hook just above the bottom
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noun
  1. a gait of a horse or other quadruped, faster than a walk, in which diagonally opposite legs come down togetherSee also jog trot, rising trot, sitting trot
  2. a steady brisk pace
  3. (in harness racing) a race for horses that have been trained to trot fast
  4. angling
    1. one of the short lines attached to a trotline
    2. the trotline
  5. Australian and NZ informal a run of lucka good trot
  6. mainly British a small child; tot
  7. US slang a student's crib
  8. on the trot informal
    1. one after the otherto read two books on the trot
    2. busy, esp on one's feet
  9. the trots informal
    1. diarrhoea
    2. NZtrotting races
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French trot, from troter to trot, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German trotten to run

Trot

noun
  1. informal a follower of Trotsky; Trotskyist
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Word Origin and History for trot

n.

c.1300, from Old French trot (12c.), from troter "to trot, to go," from Frankish *trotton (cf. Old High German trotton "to tread"), from a variant of the Germanic base of tread (v.). The trots "diarrhea" is recorded from 1808 (cf. the runs).

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v.

late 14c., from Old French troter "to trot, to go," from Frankish *trotton (see trot (n.). Italian trottare, Spanish trotar also are borrowed from Germanic. To trot (something) out originally (1838) was in reference to horses; figurative sense of "produce and display for admiration" is slang first recorded 1845. Related: Trotted; trotting.

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Idioms and Phrases with trot

trot

In addition to the idiom beginning with trot

  • trot out

also see:

  • hot to trot
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