trot·​ter ˈträ-tər How to pronounce trotter (audio)
: one that trots
specifically : a standardbred horse trained for harness racing
: a pig's foot used as food

Examples of trotter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Shanghai trotter is a massive hunk of wobbly pork served over a bed of bok choy. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 17 Jan. 2024 There are also venison and pig trotter pies, each lanced with an enormous marrow bone. Caitie Kelly Wei Tchou Julia Halperin Tom Delavan Lane Nieset Gage Daughdrill, New York Times, 2 Nov. 2023 Slide your trotters into the foot holes (the liners zip out for easy cleaning) and let the machine compress, roll and pummel your lower appendages over the course of a timed 15- or 20-minute cycle. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 One of harness racing’s most esteemed families is hoping for a fifth Hambletonian victory Saturday with trotter Winner’s Bet in the $1-million competition. Naaima Abd-Elhameed,, 4 Aug. 2023 Signs identify the New England farms where the beef and pork were raised, and though these customers are choosing steaks, Clark’s cases hold cuts and products not often seen in a supermarket — pork brisket, flat iron steak, oxtail, pork trotter and belly, beef tallow, and more. Alison Arnett,, 30 May 2023 Other starters include pork trotter and sweetbread roulade with pearl onions and house smoked beef tartare, served with a pickled quail egg and potato chips. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 4 Oct. 2022 For now, the globe trotter is cozied up on a lounge chair in the sunlit basement of an empty Laurel Canyon Airbnb. Thania Garcia, Variety, 22 Feb. 2023 Holding a lit cigarette in an oversized hand, a woman rests her ample bare breasts adjacent to a pig trotter on a slab shelf. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 30 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Trotter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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trot·​ter ˈträt-ər How to pronounce trotter (audio)
: one that trots
especially : a standardbred horse trained for harness racing

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