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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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 Between rosy cheeks, a 1,000-watt smile beamed across the small portion of her uncovered face beneath beanie and above neck gaiter. Joseph Robertia, Anchorage Daily News, "Frenzied sled dogs, an eager 4-year-old, and an Alaska rite of passage," 1 Feb. 2018 My favorite trick is soaking my hat and neck gaiter — keeping the blood flow to your head and neck cool does a great job of regulating temperature. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "You can escape the heat at your favorite fishing hole — just use these tips," 17 July 2017 To keep detritus out, protect your shoes’ ankle openings with a good pair of gaiters. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "All The Gear You Need For Trail Running," 14 July 2017 This hiking must is a neck gaiter/bandana/sun guard/scarf that can be worn 16 ways, says Will Elliott of Paragon Guides in Vail, Colorado. Cassie Shortsleeve, CNT, "How to Pack for a Hiking Trip," 7 July 2017

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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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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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