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dog·​trot ˈdȯg-ˌträt How to pronounce dogtrot (audio)
: a quick easy gait suggesting that of a dog
chiefly Southern US and Midland US : a roofed passage similar to a breezeway
especially : one connecting two parts of a cabin


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dogtrotted; dogtrotting; dogtrots

intransitive verb

: to move or progress at a dogtrot

Examples of dogtrot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The driver, without batting an eye at Berger and Cunningham, slowly drives straight toward moose number three, which stands its ground for a moment, then turns and begins running at a dogtrot, so to speak, up the road. Mark Wheeler, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Characteristics of a dogtrot floor plan are a large, open breezeway that runs through the middle of a house, with two separate living areas on either side but still under one roof. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 15 June 2023 This Lowcountry retreat exemplifies the historical styling of a dogtrot floor plant. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 15 June 2023 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dogtrot was in the 15th century

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“Dogtrot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a gentle trot
dogtrot verb
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