\ ˈträt How to pronounce trot (audio) \
trotted; trotting

Definition of trot

 (Entry 1 of 4)

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

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


noun (1)

Definition of trot (Entry 2 of 4)

1a(1) : a moderately fast gait of a quadruped (such as a horse) in which the legs move in diagonal pairs
(2) : a jogging gait of a human that falls between a walk and a run
b : a ride on horseback
2 trots plural : diarrhea used with the
3 : an old woman
4 : a literal translation of a foreign text


noun (2)

Definition of trot (Entry 3 of 4)

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


noun (3)
\ ˈträt How to pronounce Trot (audio) \

Definition of Trot (Entry 4 of 4)

: an adherent of Trotskyism : trotskyist, trotskyite

Synonyms for trot

Synonyms: Verb

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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.
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First Known Use of trot


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

History and Etymology for trot

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

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“Trot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of trot

: to move at a speed faster than walking by stepping with each front leg at the same time as the opposite back leg
: to run at a slow, steady pace
: to move quickly : hurry


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Kids Definition of trot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a gait of an animal with four feet that is faster than walking but slower than galloping and in which a front foot and the opposite hind foot move as a pair
2 : a human jogging pace between a walk and a run


trotted; trotting

Kids Definition of trot (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to ride, drive, go, or cause to go at a trot A horse trotted by.
2 : to go along quickly : hurry He trotted off to school.

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