- (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 trotting
Contemporary Examples of trotting
Blumenthal, a courtly gentleman of 68 in a perfectly crisp blue shirt, gets laughs by trotting out his rudimentary Spanish.Dan Malloy Is Progressives’ Dream Governor. So Why Isn’t He Winning?
October 30, 2014
The old men of the NFL are trotting out the same tired arguments the codgers in the Pentagon got away with for years.Michael Sam Is Not a ‘Distraction’
February 12, 2014
Though Crane said he kept both lawyers from “trotting out the issue of race,” it remained “a 900-pound gorilla in the background.”Bernhard Goetz on George Zimmerman: ‘The Same Thing Is Happening’
Harry Siegel, Filipa Ioannou
July 12, 2013
Perhaps, but he is trotting out a more favorable statistic than the deadly homicide rate.Rahm Emanuel Goes on Offensive About Healing Chicago
September 7, 2012
Trotting around the globe you could meet and eat blood soup, blood stew, Swedish blodplatter pancakes, and seal blood straight up.‘Dark Shadows’ Returns: A User’s Guide to Drinking Blood
May 11, 2012
Historical Examples of trotting
His conversation seemed to be shaken out of him by the trotting of the horse.In the Midst of Alarms
The horses started off with us, trotting in that weary way peculiar to tourists' horses.My Double Life
They were trotting toward me in the highway, hardly a hundred yards off.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
I am weary of trotting up and down like a lust-ritter at a fair,' said he.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
He was roused from his reverie by the sound of a trotting horse.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
- 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