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.
    More 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.


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  • (Of a horse) move at the pace of a tripple.
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    • 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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