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

Examples of gaiter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the real magic comes from an external carbon-fiber exoskeleton that goes around the back of the boot, up the ankle, and around the gaiter, enabling a stiff and supportive yet ultralight fit. The Editors, Outside Online, 27 Mar. 2021 It can be worn as a face mask, headband, neck gaiter, and more. Editors Of Men's Health, Men's Health, 18 Apr. 2022 An investigator who found Daniels’ car parked near his home was able to see a green camouflage gaiter in the backseat, along with a tie-dye pattern sweatshirt that was worn by the bandit during a robbery in Downey. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2022 One of the most versatile things in her pack is a fleece neck gaiter (or two or three). Rachael Schultz, Outside Online, 4 Dec. 2018 He was seen wearing a red jacket, a dark blue gaiter-style mask, black pants, black gloves and black shoes. Fox News, 13 Jan. 2022 The worst option – ranked below wearing no mask – is the neck gaiter, according to the study. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2022 However, the results were not the same in the opposite scenario: wearing a surgical mask over a neck gaiter. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 20 Jan. 2022 Outfitted with gaiter attachments, durable upper, Vibram Megagrip outsole and an external plastic heel counter, the Pro is a rugged vehicle, one boasting little in the way of luxuries. Adam Chase, Outside Online, 9 Dec. 2020 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Gaiter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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