having a specified gait (usually used in combination): slow-gaited; heavy-gaited oxen.

1580–90; gait + -ed3

ungaited, adjective
well-gaited, adjective Unabridged


a manner of walking, stepping, or running.
any of the manners in which a horse moves, as a walk, trot, canter, gallop, or rack.
verb (used with object)
to teach a specified gait or gaits to (a horse).

1500–10; Scots, Middle English spelling variant of gate1 in various senses

1. gait, gate ; 2. gate, gait.

1. walk, step, stride, bearing, carriage. Unabridged
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gait (ɡeɪt)
1.  manner of walking or running; bearing
2.  (used esp of horses and dogs) the pattern of footsteps at various speeds, as the walk, trot, canter, etc, each pattern being distinguished by a particular rhythm and footfall
3.  (tr) to teach (a horse) a particular gait
[C16: variant of gate1]

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, gate "a going or walking, departure, journey," earlier "way, road, path," from O.N. gata "way, road, path." Meaning "manner of walking" is from 1509. Modern spelling developed before 1750, originally in Scottish.
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gait (gāt)
A particular way or manner of walking.

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Example sentences
As also might be guessed, the anthologist slides his lore along on a smiling, easy-gaited current of wit.
We are a small family owned farm that specializes in smooth gaited show and pleasure horses.
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