gai·​ter ˈgā-tər How to pronounce gaiter (audio)
plural gaiters
: a cloth or leather leg covering reaching from the instep to above the ankle or to mid-calf or knee
: an overshoe with fabric upper
: an ankle-high shoe with elastic gores in the sides
: a fabric covering in the form of a closed loop worn around the neck that can extend to cover the lower part of the face : neck gaiter
If associates wish to wear their own mask or personal covering, it must be clean and cover their nose and mouth. Alternatives might include a scarf, bandana or a gaiter.Zak Failla
We were masked with bandannas and hats and ski gaiters pulled up past our noses …Kristen Millares Young

Examples of gaiter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Detectives allegedly saw a white garbage bag over the driver’s seat of his car, as well as a black gaiter in the front passenger seat and duct tape in the back seat, the affidavit claims. Nicole Acosta, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 The powder skirt and wrist gaiters make this a decent ski or snowboard jacket. Michelle Rostamian, Peoplemag, 12 Jan. 2024 Best Gaiters Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters View On REI $89 View On $89 These tall, durable gaiters are the ticket to keeping snow and debris out of your boots (and socks) during your next winter camping outing. Maggie Slepian, Travel + Leisure, 11 Jan. 2024 This system is made to breathe better than a standard neck warmer or gaiter, so your breath won’t fog the goggles. Douglas Schnitzspahn, Travel + Leisure, 13 Dec. 2023 Your best bet is to keep the water line below the top of your boot if possible, and add a pair of trail gaiters for super wet days. Maggie Slepian, Travel + Leisure, 1 Sep. 2023 The inner boot has been integrated into a Kevlar gaiter to provide a system that ensures the ideal bond of the outsole, boot, and gaiter. Jace Bauserman, Field & Stream, 17 Jan. 2023 The distinctive elements of Moloney's attire that day (bicycle helmet, gaiter, eyewear, gloves) and the can of Black Flag, Wasp, Hornet & Yellow Jacket Killer2 are clearly visible in several of the screenshots. Scott MacFarlane, CBS News, 7 June 2023 In that photo, a man wearing a black beanie and distinctive striped face gaiter fires pepper spray across the outdoor plaza toward police and protesters. Will Carless, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from French guêtre, going back to Middle French guiestres (plural), probably going back to a metathetical variant of Old Low Franconian *wrist- "ankle joint," going back to Germanic *wrih-sti- (whence Middle High German rist, riste "wrist or ankle joint," Old English wrist "wrist joint") — more at wrist

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gaiter was in 1775

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Cite this Entry

“Gaiter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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gai·​ter ˈgāt-ər How to pronounce gaiter (audio)
: a leg covering reaching from the instep to above the ankle or to mid-calf or knee
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