gaiter

gaiter

[gey-ter]
noun
1.
a covering of cloth or leather for the ankle and instep and sometimes also the lower leg, worn over the shoe or boot. Compare upper ( def 7 ).
2.
a cloth or leather shoe with elastic insertions at the sides.
3.
an overshoe with a fabric top.

Origin:
1765–75; < French guêtre, Middle French guiestre, guestre, perhaps < Frankish *wrist, cognate with German Rist ankle, wrist. See wrist

gaiterless, adjective
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gaiter (ˈɡeɪtə)
 
n
1.  a cloth or leather covering for the leg or ankle buttoned on one side and usually strapped under the foot
2.  Also called: spat a similar covering extending from the ankle to the instep
3.  a waterproof covering for the ankle worn by climbers and walkers to prevent snow, mud, or gravel entering over the top of the boot
 
[C18: from French guêtre, probably of Germanic origin and related to wrist]
 
'gaiterless
 
adj

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gaiter
"leather cover for the ankle," 1775, perhaps from Fr. guêtre "belonging to peasant attire," from M.Fr. *guestre, probably from Frank. *wrist "instep," from P.Gmc. *wirstiz from *wrig-, *wreik- "to turn" (see wry). Related: Gaiters.
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