canter

noun (1)
cant·er | \ ˈkan-tər \

Definition of canter 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: one who uses cant: such as

a : beggar, vagabond

b : a user of professional or religious cant

canter

verb
can·ter | \ ˈkan-tər \
cantered; cantering; canters

Definition of canter (Entry 2 of 3)

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

canter

noun (2)
can·ter

Definition of canter (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a 3-beat gait resembling but smoother and slower than the gallop

2 : a ride at a canter

Examples of canter in a Sentence

Verb

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

First Known Use of canter

Noun (1)

1609, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1706, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for canter

Verb

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about canter

Statistics for canter

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for canter

The first known use of canter was in 1609

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for canter

canter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of canter

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

canter

noun
can·ter | \ ˈkan-tər \

Kids Definition of canter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a horse's gait resembling but slower than a gallop

canter

verb
cantered; cantering

Kids Definition of canter (Entry 2 of 2)

: to run with a movement that resembles but is slower than a gallop Below he saw the Black cantering along the beach. —Walter Farley, The Black Stallion

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on canter

What made you want to look up canter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

by word of mouth

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!