Definition of tripple in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrɪp(ə)l/
South African


[in singular]
A horse’s gait in which both left and then both right legs move together.
Example sentences
  • The tripple is a four-beat gait much like the tolt seen in the Icelandic horse.
  • As a child I remember us distinguishing between pace and tripple, with tripple being the superior gait, but a pacer was also acceptable.


[no object]
(Of a horse) move at the pace of a tripple.
Example sentences
  • They [Boers]..getting into their saddles, slowly trippled away.
  • The Boer never rides his horse at the trot, but at a quick walk or canter, and a step peculiar to the country and called ‘trippling’, or, as we should style it, ambling.
  • The Basuto rides like a horse, with a long stride, and is noted for its inherent trippling gait.


Late 19th century: from Dutch trippelen, from trippen 'to skip, trip'.

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