gai·​ter | \ ˈgā-tər How to pronounce gaiter (audio) \

Definition of gaiter

1 : a cloth or leather leg covering reaching from the instep to above the ankle or to mid-calf or knee
2a : an overshoe with fabric upper
b : an ankle-high shoe with elastic gores in the sides

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Recent Examples on the Web Trail gaiters eliminate this problem by sealing the area from lower laces to just above the ankle. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Know Before You Buy Gaiters," 8 Jan. 2020 Behold the lowly gaiter, which resides both figuratively and literally at the intersection of pants and footwear. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Know Before You Buy Gaiters," 8 Jan. 2020 And the Bugaboot has a D-ring to easily attach a gaiter for added protection from snow. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Winter is No Match for These Top-Performing Snow Boots," 16 Oct. 2019 Upstairs there was a library full of guidebooks and mountaineering periodicals, and a small museum that included the chunky gaiter boots that Franco-Italian alpinist Walter Cecchinel wore on one of his pioneering winter climbs in the seventies. Simon Akam, Outside Online, "You Won’t Pass Chamonix’s Mountain Guiding Test," 27 Nov. 2019 Dan’s uniform was desert fatigues, knee-high gaiters, and combat boots, wearing a black sweater complete with a Blackwater insignia. Longreads, "A Beautiful, Rugged Place: Erosion of the Body," 7 June 2018 Any over-the-ankle footwear should perform even better, and a set of gaiters or a pair of heavy-duty outdoor pants like the Fjällräven Keb Trekking Trousers will boost protection even more. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Let's Talk About Snakebites," 9 May 2018 That is helped in part by VW's Digital Cockpit and the eight-inch touchscreen, as well as little touches like the leather gaiter around the gear-shift lever. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "The Volkswagen Atlas reviewed: A people’s wagon for the American people," 12 Apr. 2018 Backcountry skiers should buy taller, more supportive boots (like a hiking boot) with a gaiter ring. Matt Allyn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Start Cross-Country Skiing," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of gaiter

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gaiter

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

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12 Feb 2020

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“Gaiter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gaiter

: a cloth or leather covering worn over the lower part of the leg especially to keep the legs and ankles dry when hiking

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