verb (used without object), trot·ted, trot·ting.
verb (used with object), trot·ted, trot·ting.
- 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
Related Words for trot outrecite, rehearse, brandish, display, disport, exhibit, expose, flash, flaunt, parade, reiterate, relate, repeat, represent, show
verb trots, trotting or trotted
- one of the short lines attached to a trotline
- the trotline
- one after the otherto read two books on the trot
- busy, esp on one's feet
- NZtrotting races
Word Origin for trot
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.
Bring out and show for inspection and admiration, as in He trotted out all his old war medals. This expression alludes to leading out a horse to show off its various paces, including the trot. [Colloquial; first half of 1800s]
In addition to the idiom beginning with trot
- trot out
- hot to trot