Definition of gaiter in English:


Syllabification: gait·er
Pronunciation: /ˈgātər


(usually gaiters)
  • 1A garment similar to leggings, worn to cover or protect the ankle and lower leg.
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    • The tails of his black cloth coat were pinned up behind to keep them from rubbing; he had on a pair of moleskin trousers and leather gaiters, and in his hand he carried a little whip of rhinoceros hide.
    • Anyone planning to go on this walk should think seriously about wearing long trousers or protective gaiters because the hillsides in this part of Mount Mee State Forest have a waist-high covering of a spiky shrub called bitter pea.
    • The men wear an oddly Victorian combination of stylized frock coats and gaiters, seemingly Gaultier-influenced.
  • 1.1chiefly US A shoe or overshoe extending to the ankle or above.
  • 1.2A lower leg covering, buttoned up the side and worn as part of the traditional costume of an Anglican bishop.



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  • Trousers and gaitered trousers are the preferred uniform item for the British Army late war impression.
  • They wear dark blue coats with red facings and lining, and white small clothes with gaitered trousers.
  • I was all gaitered up but a lot of the day was spend jumping from log to grass tussock and back to log.


early 18th century: from French guêtre, probably of Germanic origin and related to wrist.

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