Definition of canter in English:
- It takes a lot of practice, but eventually you'll be able to advance to a faster trot and even a canter and still keep your horse on the bit without getting into a pulling match.
- He wasn't supposed to ride her in a trot, canter or gallop.
- We landed softly on the other side, continuing a smooth gallop, until I checked him back to a canter, trot and then walk.
- We didn't work him all week, the last three mornings here are the first canters he's had since last Sunday.
- You'd think that being whisked through the forest by a team of frisky huskies would be fast - to the spectator, at least, it looks more of a canter than a white-knuckle ride.
- They're just doing normal canters and will be building up to their first piece of work in a few days, I would imagine.
verb[no object, with adverbial of direction] Back to top
- By the end of the lesson, she is sitting deep in the saddle as her horse canters in a controlled, relaxed manner.
- All horses canter well when no rider is on board.
- ‘He doesn't like horses cantering up behind him, he's always been a little silly like that,’ laughed Tryon.
- Instead, he chose to canter his horse around Epsom in April to familiarise him with the track.
- Now if a rider canters his horse inside an arena without any obstacles, like a fence or a jump, he could consider himself a dressage rider and should follow certain rules so not to endanger himself or his mount.
- The blond little girl clenched her teeth, cantered her mare to the jump, but the mare put an extra stride in, not giving herself space to jump the fence.
- 1in (or at) a canter
- British Without much effort; easily: they retained their leadership of the Second Division at a canterMore example sentences
- His lead was briefly threatened by the 66 of the runner-up, who had started the final day well back in the field, but ‘Champagne’ Tony was eventually able to stroll home in a canter.
- Hull Zingari, who were the last champions of the now defunct Ridings League, won their first game in the York Senior League in a canter when Castleford crashed to a nine wicket defeat at Chanterlands Avenue.
- Under normal circumstances, we could write it off as no contest; the Six Nations champions would win in a canter, and by a massive margin.
Early 18th century (as a verb): short for Canterbury pace or Canterbury gallop, from the supposed easy pace of medieval pilgrims to Canterbury.
This word began as a shortened form of Canterbury pace or Canterbury gallop, the term for the gentle rate at which mounted pilgrims made their way to the shrine of St Thomas à Becket at Canterbury in the Middle Ages. To win something at a canter is to do so with the greatest ease. In horse-racing a horse easily wins a race if it is able to run the final stretch cantering rather than galloping.
Words that rhyme with canterAtlanta, banter, infanta, levanter, manta, ranter, Santa, tam-o'-shanter
- US English dictionary
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