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[trot] /trɒt/
verb (used without object), trotted, trotting.
(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.
verb (used with object), trotted, trotting.
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.
Verb phrases
trot out, Informal.
  1. to bring forward for inspection.
  2. to bring to the attention of; introduce; submit:
    He trots out his old jokes at every party.
1250-1300; (v.) Middle English trotten < Middle French troter < Germanic; akin to Old High German trottōn to tread, whence Middle High German trotten to run; (noun) Middle English < Middle French, derivative of troter
Related forms
untrotted, adjective
Usage note
The meaning “old woman” is archaic, used with disparaging intent especially in contexts where the woman is regarded as mean, ugly, etc. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for trotting
  • Be on the lookout for elk and coyote trotting through.
  • In fact harmless little me wrote a post on this previously trotting out some of the rubbish that gets brought up.
  • So while you are busy trotting out things bad scientist have done.
  • My own globe-trotting experience says that one should never underestimate the problems of language and culture.
  • The rhino glared in its squinty way at the pile of cowering humans, before trotting away.
  • After ten minutes, they have all converged onto one path, trotting in single file.
  • The scientists have been trotting out this lame excuse for decades.
  • Bah, read some of the thinkers you are criticizing before trotting out such a ridiculous slippery slope argument.
  • Despite the trotting out of appropriate terminology, obviously the individual in question believes in a hegemonic discourse.
  • Tobacco companies raised doubt by trotting out bought-and-paid-for experts who cherry-picked data.
British Dictionary definitions for trotting


verb trots, trotting, trotted
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 together See 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
  1. one of the short lines attached to a trotline
  2. the trotline
(Austral & NZ, informal) a run of luck: a good trot
(mainly Brit) a small child; tot
(US, slang) a student's crib
(informal) on the trot
  1. one after the other: to read two books on the trot
  2. busy, esp on one's feet
(informal) the trots
  1. diarrhoea
  2. (NZ) trotting races
Word Origin
C13: from Old French trot, from troter to trot, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German trotten to run


(informal) a follower of Trotsky; Trotskyist
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Word Origin and History for trotting



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.

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Idioms and Phrases with trotting


In addition to the idiom beginning with trot also see: hot to trot
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Encyclopedia Article for trotting


two-beat gait of a horse in which the feet are lifted and strike the ground in diagonal pairs-the right hind and left fore almost simultaneously; then the left hind and right fore. As the horse springs from one pair of legs to the other, twice in each stride all of its legs are off the ground at once.

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