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trotted; trotting

intransitive verb

: to ride, drive, or proceed at a trot
the fox trotted over the knoll
: to proceed briskly : hurry

transitive verb

: to cause to go at a trot
: to traverse at a trot


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noun (1)

: a moderately fast gait of a quadruped (such as a horse) in which the legs move in diagonal pairs
: a jogging gait of a human that falls between a walk and a run
: a ride on horseback
trots plural : diarrhea
used with the
: an old woman
: a literal translation of a foreign text


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noun (2)

: trotline
also : one of the short lines with hooks that are attached to a trotline at intervals


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noun (3)

: an adherent of Trotskyism : trotskyist, trotskyite

Examples of trot in a Sentence

Verb A horse trotted past us. The batter trotted around the bases after hitting a home run. She trotted off to help. The little boy trotted along after his mother.
Recent Examples on the Web
Photographer Dusan Smetana jumps down to get a shot of the print in the morning light, then trots his mule fast to catch up with the three of us. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, 1 Feb. 2024 But there was Taylor on Saturday night, trotting back out of the locker room and onto the Indianapolis sideline, pacing back and forth like a gladiator ready to be unleashed, refusing to give in to the pain coursing through his ankle. The Indianapolis Star, 7 Jan. 2024 Princess Anne also still rides and trotted into the spotlight on King Charles’ coronation day to lead 6,000 armed services personnel through the streets of London after the crowning ceremony for her role as Gold-Stick-in-Waiting. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 The two college biology students and a pair of local high school seniors, one in a LeBron James jersey, hop in, along with a yellow village dog who will trot alongside the motley crew all night. Nina Burleigh, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2024 From catching the northern lights from the comfort of your carriage to watching zebras trotting through green pastures, these train journeys are for those who wish to savor the world while crossing items off their bucket lists. Shraddha Chowdhury, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Dec. 2023 So, dear reader, run, don't trot, to Amazon for some of the best early Black Friday 2023 sales. Anamaria Glavan, Allure, 18 Nov. 2023 With a brisk, hobbling stride, Stan Herman trotted past bird-watchers and leaf-peepers in Central Park the other day. Bob Morris, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 The hotel is loved for a number of reasons, not the least of which is its famous ducks, which trot through the lobby once a day on their parade to the fountain. Katy Spratte Joyce, Travel + Leisure, 12 Nov. 2023
If all that sounds like too much exertion, plan a picnic and have a pony trot it up the hillside for you in sweet woven panniers courtesy of The Fife Arms, which is also one of the area’s most charming places to stay. Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Jan. 2024 The venue sits 21 feet above grade; reaching the lobby requires a trip in an elevator or a trot up a flight of stairs. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2023 In Jerusalem, for example, who even bothers to look up when a prophet in the throes boards the light rail at the Mount Herzl military cemetery, or when a messiah in white robes astride a white donkey trots down Jaffa Road past the municipal center blowing his horn? Tova Reich, Harper's Magazine, 11 Dec. 2023 The Rockefeller tree is all aglow, locals and tourists alike trot through Bryant Park’s Winter Village, the Saks window displays are a decadent delight, and ice skating escapades take over weekend plans. Abrigail Williams, Vogue, 3 Dec. 2023 After the deer regains its balance, the wild animal trots past a shopper in the TV aisle, startling a human patron. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 5 Dec. 2023 The dog’s rump is attached to the front of the bird, and the result trots happily along. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 1 Dec. 2023 Exercise on its own can be linked to GI woes due to jostling and the diversion of blood flow away from the gut (hello, runner’s trots). Cindy Kuzma, SELF, 28 Nov. 2023 The yellow robot trots behind the person and takes photos of their work. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 21 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from troter to trot, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German trottōn to tread, Old English tredan

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Noun (2)

1883, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trot was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near trot

Cite this Entry

“Trot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a moderately fast gait of a four-footed animal (as a horse) in which a front foot and the opposite hind foot move at the same time
: a human jogging pace between a walk and a run


2 of 2 verb
trotted; trotting
: to ride, drive, go, or cause to go at a trot
: to go along quickly : hurry

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