canter


1cant·er

noun \ˈkan-tər\

Definition of CANTER

:  one who uses cant: as
a :  beggar, vagabond
b :  a user of professional or religious cant

First Known Use of CANTER

1609

2can·ter

verb \ˈkan-tər\

of a horse : to run fairly fast : to run at a canter

: to ride on a horse that is running fairly fast : to ride a horse at a canter

Full Definition of CANTER

intransitive verb
1
:  to move at or as if at a canter :  lope
2
:  to ride a horse at a canter
transitive verb
:  to cause to go at a canter

Examples of CANTER

  1. The horses cantered across the grass.
  2. We cantered off toward the lake.

Origin of CANTER

short for obsolete canterbury, noun (canter), from Canterbury, England; from the supposed gait of pilgrims riding to Canterbury
First Known Use: 1706

Other Equestrian Terms

canter, cantle, curry, farrier, hunter, paddock, router, skirt, tack

3can·ter

noun

Definition of CANTER

1
:  a 3-beat gait resembling but smoother and slower than the gallop
2
:  a ride at a canter

First Known Use of CANTER

1755

Other Equestrian Terms

cantle, curry, farrier, hunter, paddock, router, skirt, tack

Rhymes with CANTER

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