noun gai·ter \ˈgā-tər\

Definition of gaiter

  1. 1 :  a cloth or leather leg covering reaching from the instep to above the ankle or to mid-calf or knee

  2. 2a :  an overshoe with fabric upperb :  an ankle-high shoe with elastic gores in the sides

Origin and Etymology of 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

First Known Use: 1775

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noun gai·ter \ˈgā-tər\

Definition of gaiter for English Language Learners

  • : 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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