- (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
Examples from the Web for trotted
Contemporary Examples of trotted
French media have trotted out specialists to explain the phenomenon and have generally pinpointed its origins abroad.French Freak-Out Over Creepy Clowns
October 31, 2014
And the old arguments for inaction will be trotted out for the next president, as well.Border Kids Crisis—Impotent Congress
July 10, 2014
Even for films whose obvious flaws have been trotted out time and again.The Witty Genius of YouTube’s CinemaSins: Everything Wrong with Your Favorite Movie
April 3, 2014
Five months later, de Blasio won the primary and then trotted through the finish line.De Blasio Whipped by Horse Lobby
March 8, 2014
The same excuse was trotted out when the January ADP number came in weak.The True Cost of Extreme Weather…Or is it Climate Change?
February 13, 2014
Historical Examples of trotted
For a moment we lingered, then faced to the left, trotted, galloped.
Then we galloped, then trotted again, galloped, walked and trotted again.
One careless sniff had satisfied his mate, and she trotted on to reassure him.
Its nose was to the trail, and it trotted with a peculiar, sliding, effortless gait.
So he turned tail philosophically and trotted on up the stream.
- 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