1 [trot]
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.
to bring forward for inspection.
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

untrotted, adjective

The meaning “old woman” is archaic, used with disparaging intent especially in contexts where the woman is regarded as mean, ugly, etc. Unabridged


2 [trot]
a short line with hooks, attached to the trotline.

1880–85; short for trotline Unabridged
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trot (trɒt)
vb , trots, trotting, trotted
1.  to move or cause to move at a trot
2.  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
3.  jog trot rising trot See also sitting trot a gait of a horse or other quadruped, faster than a walk, in which diagonally opposite legs come down together
4.  a steady brisk pace
5.  (in harness racing) a race for horses that have been trained to trot fast
6.  angling
 a.  one of the short lines attached to a trotline
 b.  the trotline
7.  informal (Austral), (NZ) a run of luck: a good trot
8.  chiefly (Brit) a small child; tot
9.  slang (US) a student's crib
10.  informal on the trot
 a.  one after the other: to read two books on the trot
 b.  busy, esp on one's feet
11.  informal the trots
 a.  diarrhoea
 b.  (NZ) trotting races
[C13: from Old French trot, from troter to trot, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German trotten to run]

Trot (trɒt)
informal a follower of Trotsky; Trotskyist

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. trot (12c.), from troter "to trot, to go," from Frankish *trotton (cf. O.H.G. trotton "to tread"), from a variant of the Gmc. base of tread (q.v.). The verb is attested in English from mid-14c. Italian trottare, Sp. trotar also are borrowed from Gmc. To
trot (something) out originally (1838) was in ref. to horses; fig. sense of "produce and display for admiration" is slang first recorded 1845. Trotter "foot of a quadruped" is first recorded 1520s. The trots "diarrhea" is recorded from 1808 (cf. the runs).
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In addition to the idiom beginning with trot, also see hot to trot.

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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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Example sentences
Apparently they're not inclined to trot them out before a jury of their peers.
When they are hunting with their packs, wolves set out at a smooth, easy trot.
To trot out another overdone cliche, if at first you don't succeed, try and try
He and his handler literally trot through the customs hall to cover the
  territory fast enough to clear everyone quickly.
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