[ trot-er ]
/ ˈtrɒt ər /


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.

Nearby words

  1. trotsky, leon,
  2. trotskyism,
  3. trotskyist,
  4. trotskyist international,
  5. trotskyite,
  6. trotting race,
  7. trotting races,
  8. trotty,
  9. trotyl,
  10. trou-de-loup

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

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British Dictionary definitions for trotter


/ (ˈtrɒtə) /


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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