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

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
3 : 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Yes, the hood does flap at highway speeds, but on cool days, the extra fabric at the back of the neck helped our neck gaiter keep us warm. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "All the Best Motorcycle Gear You Need to Start Riding," 30 Mar. 2021 Baseball caps do not offer any sun protection for your neck or shoulders, though this can be remedied with a neck gaiter or a bandana. Outdoor Life, "What’s the Best Fishing Hat?," 17 Mar. 2021 Both a mask and a gaiter provide a level of prevention of transmission of coronavirus, but experts seemingly like the mask better. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Why did I come in here?," 4 Mar. 2021 Anchorage rookie Chad Stoddard was rubbing his dogs’ paws after making a chilly run into McGrath, his hat and gaiter still coated with frost. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, "Iditarod front-runners jockey for the lead as subzero weather takes a toll on mushers," 14 Mar. 2021 During practices and games, players on the bench will be required to wear gaiter-style masks, and officials will wear them on the ice. oregonlive, "Portland Winterhawks set to begin pandemic-shortened season March 18," 24 Feb. 2021 For deeper snow, there is a built in gaiter hook to attach snow pants to. Outdoor Life, "Best Winter Boots for Men: Leather Boots, Insulated Work Boots, and More," 22 Feb. 2021 When last seen, Sanchez was wearing glasses and a white shirt with a bright-colored floral design, ripped jeans and a blue neck gaiter donned with stars. Janet Moore, Star Tribune, "Blaine police seek information about missing 18-year-old woman," 22 Feb. 2021 The young Guard member spoke through a light green gaiter mask while standing several feet behind a black, nonscalable fence. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "National Guard in DC still lack end date as 5,000-plus to remain until mid-March," 25 Jan. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Gaiter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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