dog·​trot | \ ˈdȯg-ˌträt How to pronounce dogtrot (audio) \

Definition of dogtrot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a quick easy gait suggesting that of a dog
2 chiefly Southern US and Midland US : a roofed passage similar to a breezeway especially : one connecting two parts of a cabin


dogtrotted; dogtrotting; dogtrots

Definition of dogtrot (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move or progress at a dogtrot

Examples of dogtrot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From there, a guide will lead guests to the Yancey dogtrot home, where Southern secession leader William Lowndes Yancey – the man Abraham Lincoln held responsible for the Civil War – lived and died. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 Oct. 2021 The first march of ten hours, myself in the lead with the compass, sometimes on a dogtrot, the sledges following in Indian file with drivers running beside or behind, placed us thirty miles to the good. Robert E. (robert Edwin) Peary, Harper's magazine, 10 June 2019 The family built two dogtrot cabins that are encapsulated within the Spring Run House. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, 29 Mar. 2018 With its boxy geometry and dogtrot porch — three rooms on one side of the breezeway and two on the other — the folk-style house looks like a collaboration between Donald Judd and Annie Oakley. Michael Tortorello, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2018 The Biggses lived in a big old rambly house with rooms on both sides of a long dogtrot hallway and a deep, shady porch on the front. Sid Evans, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2016 Portions of the main home (originally constructed with hardwood cedar logs as a two-room dogtrot) date back to the Civil War. Elizabeth Finkelstein, Country Living, 5 Oct. 2017 The Biggses lived in a big old rambly house with rooms on both sides of a long dogtrot hallway and a deep, shady porch on the front. Sid Evans, Southern Living, 11 July 2017 A dogtrot-style structure with two sections separated by a large, central breezeway, it was inspired by 19th-century Texas pioneer cabin design. Mike Powell, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of dogtrot


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Dogtrot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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