trot

To trot is move faster than walking, but not quite at a full-out run. You might trot down the street when you hear the ice cream truck coming.

People can trot — as they do when they jog or do a slow run — and so can four-legged animals, especially horses. When you see a horse trot, you'll notice that its diagonally opposite legs move together, touching the ground at the same time. Trot is a Middle English word that comes from Old French, troter, "to trot or to go," which in turn has a Germanic root related to the word tread.

Definitions of trot
  1. verb
    ride at a trot
    see moresee less
    type of:
    ride horseback
    ride on horseback
  2. verb
    run at a moderately swift pace
    synonyms: clip, jog
    see moresee less
    type of:
    run
    move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time
  3. verb
    cause to trot
    “She trotted the horse home”
    see moresee less
    type of:
    walk
    accompany or escort
  4. noun
    a gait faster than a walk; diagonally opposite legs strike the ground together
    see moresee less
    types:
    rising trot
    the rider rises from the saddle every second stride
    sitting trot
    the rider sits still in the saddle
    type of:
    gait
    a horse's manner of moving
  5. noun
    a slow pace of running
    synonyms: jog, lope
    see moresee less
    types:
    dogtrot
    a steady trot like that of a dog
    type of:
    locomotion, travel
    self-propelled movement
  6. noun
    a literal translation used in studying a foreign language (often used illicitly)
    synonyms: crib, pony
    see moresee less
    type of:
    interlingual rendition, rendering, translation, version
    a written communication in a second language having the same meaning as the written communication in a first language
Word Family