Origin of trot

1
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 forms

un·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.

Definition for trot (2 of 2)

trot

2
[ trot ]
/ trɒt /

noun

a short line with hooks, attached to the trotline.

Origin of trot

2
First recorded in 1880–85; short for trotline
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British Dictionary definitions for trot (1 of 2)

trot

/ (trɒt) /

verb trots, trotting or trotted

to move or cause to move at a trot
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

noun

Word Origin for trot

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

British Dictionary definitions for trot (2 of 2)

Trot

/ (trɒt) /

noun

informal a follower of Trotsky; Trotskyist
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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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