an animal that trots, especially a horse bred and trained for harness racing.
a person who moves about briskly and constantly.
the foot of an animal, especially of a sheep or pig, used as food.

Origin of trotter

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at trot1, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trotter

Contemporary Examples of trotter

Historical Examples of trotter

  • While bivouacking on the Hiawasse, a citizen named Trotter, came into camp.

  • What's the damage for the brace of trotter boxes, old Flybynight?

  • Trotter says that national unity is what is wanted most of all things now in England.

  • Then there were a few words said about Miss Trotter which were not altogether good-natured.

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope

  • I hired the trap and the trotter from a hotel-keeper at Gueldersdorp.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

British Dictionary definitions for trotter



a person or animal that trots, esp a horse that is specially trained to trot fast
(usually plural) the foot of certain animals, esp of pigs
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Word Origin and History for trotter

late 14c. as a type of horse; agent noun from trot (v.). Meaning "foot of a quadruped" is from 1520s.

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