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gaiter

[gey-ter] /ˈgeɪ tər/
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
1765-1775
1765-75; < French guêtre, Middle French guiestre, guestre, perhaps < Frankish *wrist, cognate with German Rist ankle, wrist. See wrist
Related forms
gaiterless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gaiterless

gaiter

/ˈɡeɪtə/
noun (often pl)
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
Derived Forms
gaiterless, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from French guêtre, probably of Germanic origin and related to wrist
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Word Origin and History for gaiterless

gaiter

n.

"leather cover for the ankle," 1775, perhaps from French guêtre "belonging to peasant attire," from Middle French *guestre, probably from Frankish *wrist "instep," from Proto-Germanic *wirstiz (cf. German Rist "instep;" see wrist). Related: Gaiters.

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