gai·​ter ˈgā-tər How to pronounce gaiter (audio)
plural gaiters
: a cloth or leather leg covering reaching from the instep to above the ankle or to mid-calf or knee
: an overshoe with fabric upper
: an ankle-high shoe with elastic gores in the sides
: 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 The landscapers — wearing long-sleeve shirts and gaiters for sun and mosquito protection — are used to seeing a lot of mosquitoes during the summer. Michelle Marchante, Miami Herald, 21 June 2024 The suspect refused to speak with authorities, who saw a black gaiter and duct tape in his car. Muri Assunção, New York Daily News, 6 Feb. 2024 Excessively deep snow may require the use of gaiters to create a better barrier. Meg Carney, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 There are two front pockets, a chest pocket, and a spacious rear pocket that provides ample space for your running gloves, extra gaiters, and phone. Olivia Avitt, Peoplemag, 1 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for gaiter 

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gaiter was in 1775

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Cite this Entry

“Gaiter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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gai·​ter ˈgāt-ər How to pronounce gaiter (audio)
: a leg covering reaching from the instep to above the ankle or to mid-calf or knee
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