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
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    type of:
    ride horseback
    ride on horseback
  2. verb
    run at a moderately swift pace
    synonyms: clip, jog
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    type of:
    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”
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    type of:
    accompany or escort
  4. noun
    a gait faster than a walk; diagonally opposite legs strike the ground together
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    rising trot
    the rider rises from the saddle every second stride
    sitting trot
    the rider sits still in the saddle
    type of:
    a horse's manner of moving
  5. noun
    a slow pace of running
    synonyms: jog, lope
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    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
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    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
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