dogtrot

noun
dog·trot | \ˈdȯg-ˌträt \

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

dogtrot

verb

Definition of dogtrot (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move or progress at a dogtrot

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The family built two dogtrot cabins that are encapsulated within the Spring Run House. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "This Kentucky log cabin was transformed into a charming bed and breakfast inn. Take a tour," 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, "Every Plant Has a Story. You Just Need to Dig.," 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, "Looking for Harper Lee," 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, "Peek Inside This Exquisite Round Top, Texas Farmhouse for Sale," 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, "Looking for Harper Lee," 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, "$2,195,000 Homes in Texas, Florida and Michigan," 4 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of dogtrot

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

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