One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually postpositive (of a stag or deer) represented as walking.Compare with passant
- ‘In the History of the Roan School this is described as ` three bucks trippant proper with a crest, a buck's head proper holding in its mouth an oak branch vert, acorn or’.’
- ‘The knotted serpent and the stag trippant in are derived from the crests respectively of the Duke of Devonshire and the Duke of Buccleuch, who are the principal landowners - the latter also being Lord of the Manor of Plain Furness.’
- ‘Counter trippant means facing in opposite directions as they do when pursued by the hunter.’
- ‘The shield of the Papal coat of arms can therefore be described in heraldic terms as follows: ‘Gules, chape in or, with the scallop shell of the second; the dexter chape with a moor's head in natural colour, crowned and collared of the first, the sinister chape a bear trippant in natural colour, carrying a pack gules belted sable’.’
Mid 17th century: from Old French, literally ‘walking or springing lightly’, present participle of tripper.
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