There are 2 definitions of trot in English:


Syllabification: trot
Pronunciation: /trät

verb (trots, trotting, trotted)

  • 1(With reference to a horse or other quadruped) proceed or cause to proceed at a pace faster than a walk, lifting each diagonal pair of legs alternately: [no obj]: the horses trotted slowly through the night [with object]: he trotted his horse forward
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    • Sure enough, after ten minutes or so, hoof beats sounded, and a stately gelding mare trotted into his vision.
    • The black stallion trotted away from the house, beckoning her to follow him.
    • She watched as the brown stallion trotted into the yard with its two passengers.
    run, jog; scuttle, scurry, bustle, scamper
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of a person) run at a moderate pace, typically with short steps.
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    • The tall, thin volleyball player trotted quickly up the steps toward another endless hallway of oblivious dark.
    • Steven trotted up the steps to his home, clutching a bouquet of wild flowers in his hand.
    • Students trot on and off campus completely oblivious to the huge potential for campus life that lies just beneath their noses.
  • 1.2 [no object] informal Go or walk briskly: he trotted over to the bonfire
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    • Lady hesitated for a moment, watching the two in front of her with an inquisitive look before trotting off briskly to catch up.
    • She trotted briskly into the ring and saluted the judge and then she started.
    • Her face became even more troubled, and she trotted off briskly towards their monument.


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  • 1A trotting pace: our horses slowed to a trot
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    • As Charcoal neared the edge of the woods, Mark leaned forward in the saddle, making her change her pace from a trot to a full-fledged gallop.
    • Kat walked Jazz for several minutes before increasing his pace to a trot.
    • Grant looked back behind their Jeep and saw Arian keeping pace at a mere trot.
  • 2 (the trots) • informal Diarrhea: a bad case of the trots
  • 3 informal A literal translation of a foreign language text for use by students, especially in a surreptitious way: adult readers who can turn to translations without being penalized for depending on trots


on the trot

  • 1Continually busy: I’ve been on the trot all day
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    • We again went on the trot all day trying to see everything.
    • He saw the tension on my face but he had no idea that I had been on the trot all morning.
  • 2British In succession: they lost seven matches on the trot
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    • We can't get too greedy, we've gone six games undefeated, seven on the trot with the cup matches.
    • The Villagers trailed 12-8 at half-time but turned it round superbly after the break in what was their fourth away match on the trot.
    • I think he also won four big Open matches on the trot once.

Phrasal verbs

trot something out

  • 1 informal Produce the same information, story, or explanation that has been produced many times before: everyone trots out the old excuse
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    • The old favourites are trotted out: better inter-agency working; more sharing of information; improved record-keeping; more sophisticated risk assessment.
    • And even now, just occasionally, someone from the Old School will still trot them out.
    • Twenty-one years on and the same old collection of ideas are trotted out from the business lobby.


Middle English: from Old French trot (noun), troter (verb), from medieval Latin trottare, of Germanic origin.

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informal , chiefly • derogatory
  • A Trotskyist or supporter of extreme left-wing views: a band of subversive Trots he declared that the Corporation was a ‘nest of long-haired Trots’


1960s: abbreviation.

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