- (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.
- to go at a quick, steady pace; move briskly; bustle; hurry.
- to cause to trot.
- to ride (a horse) at a trot.
- to lead at a trot.
- to travel over by trotting: to spend the day trotting the country byways.
- to execute by trotting.
- the gait of a horse, dog, or other quadruped, when trotting.
- the sound made by an animal when trotting.
- the jogging gait of a human being, between a walk and a run.
- Harness Racing. a race for trotters.
- brisk, continuous movement or activity: I've been on the trot all afternoon.
- Archaic: Disparaging. an old woman.
- Slang. a literal translation used illicitly in doing schoolwork; crib; pony.
- the trots, Informal. diarrhea.
- Informal. a toddling child.
- trot out, Informal.
- to bring forward for inspection.
- to bring to the attention of; introduce; submit: He trots out his old jokes at every party.
Origin of trot1
Origin of trot2
Examples from the Web for trot
Contemporary Examples of trot
The whole point of being a pageant queen is to trot around in your bikini to be ogled at while feigning sexual naiveté.Miss America Hypocrisy: The Vanessa Williams Nude Photo Shaming
July 23, 2014
And, of course, they trot out the Constitution to justify their actions, much as the slave holders did 150 years earlier.The South Has Indeed Risen Again and It’s Called the Tea Party
December 8, 2013
He had to urge his horse to a trot, and he went tagging alongside the funnel to see what it would do.Benjamin Franklin, America’s First Storm Chaser
April 14, 2013
Then I just have to “retrieve payload” from Coinapult, trot on back over to Blockchain and BAM!My Bitcoin (Mis)adventure
April 4, 2013
Oscar forecasters like to trot out old statistics when deciding who will win which awards.Oscar’s Best Director: Steven Spielberg vs. David O. Russell
February 7, 2013
Historical Examples of trot
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.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
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
- 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
- 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
- a steady brisk pace
- (in harness racing) a race for horses that have been trained to trot fast
- one of the short lines attached to a trotline
- the trotline
- Australian and NZ informal a run of lucka good trot
- mainly British a small child; tot
- US slang a student's crib
- on the trot informal
- one after the otherto read two books on the trot
- busy, esp on one's feet
- the trots informal
- NZtrotting races
Word Origin for trot
- informal a follower of Trotsky; Trotskyist
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).
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with trot
- trot out
- hot to trot