Definition of trot in US English:



  • 1(with reference to a horse or other quadruped) proceed or cause to proceed at a pace faster than a walk, lifting each diagonal pair of legs alternately.

    no object ‘the horses trotted slowly through the night’
    with object ‘he trotted his horse forward’
    • ‘He was now deep in the forest, his horse trotting along at a hypnotically steady gait.’
    • ‘She watched as the brown stallion trotted into the yard with its two passengers.’
    • ‘The pony trotted over to them and nudged her shoulder. She patted him on the nose and lifted Andrew so he could pet him.’
    • ‘They walked to the house with Leena's horse trotting behind them.’
    • ‘I saw a golden mare trotting towards me, with Luari mounted on the saddle.’
    • ‘Braided black hair bounced as the horses carefully trotted over the wet grass.’
    • ‘Kate's mare calmly trotted after Raz's horse as they picked their way through the gloom.’
    • ‘Sure enough, after ten minutes or so, hoof beats sounded, and a stately gelding mare trotted into his vision.’
    • ‘The horse trotted toward her, the fire blazed up, and Jill fainted.’
    • ‘The other, light white horse trotted away a few paces, startled for only a moment.’
    • ‘The black stallion trotted away from the house, beckoning her to follow him.’
    • ‘But still the bay colt trotted on, picking it's legs up high, head held regally in the air, nickering now and then.’
    • ‘He clucked his tongue and the horse trotted into a steady pace.’
    • ‘Two of Jaran's men fell almost instantly, their horses trotting nervously in circles, saddles empty.’
    • ‘Plains stretched out in all directions as the mare trotted along gingerly, the farmers he passed not even taking note of the solitary traveler.’
    • ‘About the most complicated part was making sure the horse would trot with a slack shank and stand square when the judge walked by.’
    • ‘Gwyn slapped Path on the rump, and the filly trotted back out the doors to await her mistress' return.’
    • ‘Several of the horses trotted after her, their hooves suddenly ceasing to make any sound as they moved.’
    • ‘The wolf trotted over to her, lifted her hand with its snowy muzzle then turn and walked into her room.’
    • ‘I noticed how the horse trotted into the stables and then the figure re-emerged alone.’
    1. 1.1no object (of a person) run at a moderate pace, typically with short steps.
      • ‘Students trot on and off campus completely oblivious to the huge potential for campus life that lies just beneath their noses.’
      • ‘I duly trotted off to bed at a reasonable hour on Friday night in anticipation of my 5am start.’
      • ‘The mouse opened her eyes at the sound of voices and saw several people trotting down the street in apparent concern.’
      • ‘Hastily, Eugene trotted up the three low steps up to her porch and went in the wooden door of her house.’
      • ‘The referee did not even bother with a preparatory yellow card and the lad was trotting towards the dressing room.’
      • ‘And now two-and-a-half years later she's trotting about town with Tom.’
      • ‘I could trot around the pitch with this mascot knight on my back.’
      • ‘Steven trotted up the steps to his home, clutching a bouquet of wild flowers in his hand.’
      • ‘An old man came trotting up towards them, he was short and plump, red faced, his short gray hair was tucked under a bright red cap.’
      • ‘‘That's better,’ he said trotting off on his toddler legs to catch up with his mother who was holding her sides to keep from laughing.’
      • ‘So he simply trotted off to the deed poll office and got himself a new name - well, lots of them, actually.’
      • ‘A short, plump woman came trotting out of one of the bag rooms.’
      • ‘I shall trot along to see them next week, weather permitting, which will coincidentally be half-way through the contract.’
      • ‘I have to drink water constantly to keep my voice. I try to get an aisle seat, otherwise anybody who sits next to me is going to get really fed up, because I'm always trotting to the loo.’
      • ‘The tall, thin volleyball player trotted quickly up the steps toward another endless hallway of oblivious dark.’
      • ‘After a while, when she returned to shore, she would trot over to me, drop the stick down, and then shake her soaking body all over me.’
      • ‘People who live on an island are bound to be wary of outsiders, since foreigners who come from overseas seem somehow more outlandish than someone simply trotting over a land boundary.’
      • ‘So will I be trotting back down to Woolwich tomorrow to find out more about it?’
      • ‘More funny little old men come trotting after me as I cross the floor from corner to corner.’
      • ‘With a nod of reassurance, I would trot off in my little blue Adidas shorts that doubled as swimming trunks, clutching fifty pence for a drink or an ice cream.’
      run, jog, jogtrot, dogtrot, lope
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    2. 1.2informal no object Go or walk briskly.
      ‘he trotted over to the bonfire’
      • ‘Lady hesitated for a moment, watching the two in front of her with an inquisitive look before trotting off briskly to catch up.’
      • ‘Marc trotted briskly down our drive, as I stood watching him.’
      • ‘Jade smiled and followed him down the hall, the child trotting at a quick pace to keep up with her long strides.’
      • ‘She trotted briskly into the ring and saluted the judge and then she started.’
      • ‘Her face became even more troubled, and she trotted off briskly towards their monument.’


  • 1A trotting pace.

    ‘our horses slowed to a trot’
    • ‘He had long ago slowed to a trot, listening anxiously.’
    • ‘He wasn't supposed to ride her in a trot, canter or gallop.’
    • ‘The next thing I knew, Sally and Bolt came galloping up behind us and passed us before she slowed him to a trot.’
    • ‘I had only to trot after her horse, and wait until it slowed to a canter, then a trot, and then a walk.’
    • ‘Kat walked Jazz for several minutes before increasing his pace to a trot.’
    • ‘Cantering gracefully round the outdoor school, without a halter or lead rope, her ears are pricked forward and she calmly responds to voice and arm movement commands to slow down to a trot and halt.’
    • ‘As Charcoal neared the edge of the woods, Mark leaned forward in the saddle, making her change her pace from a trot to a full-fledged gallop.’
    • ‘We rode into the forest at a slow trot, but we were silent.’
    • ‘He had the horse going at a pace just above a trot; I guess he really wanted to get rid of me.’
    • ‘Then it went into a trot, only to slow down again for the next stop.’
    • ‘The animal had slowed to a trot, going at its own pace when she had lost the strength to lead it.’
    • ‘As they were going at a slow trot, he listened to the wind moving through the trees, and actually felt a sense of peace, as uneasy as he had been before.’
    • ‘Grant looked back behind their Jeep and saw Arian keeping pace at a mere trot.’
    • ‘‘We go forth,’ he said sternly, and set the pace at a quick trot.’
    • ‘After it finally opened up, the rider allowed the chestnut colored horse to move in a slow trot, the gait giving the horse time to relax, though not really needing it.’
    • ‘The mustang kept at a canter for a few more laps, then slowed to a trot.’
    • ‘Smiling broadly, she slowed to a trot and cantered when the next log came into view.’
    • ‘I slowed her to a trot and circled around to meet Dante.’
    • ‘When they had all passed, she went back out on the road and continued onwards, quickening the horses pace to a trot.’
    • ‘The wardens must have let him through without question, for his horse was galloping and slowed to a trot only in the courtyard itself.’
    run, jogtrot, dogtrot, lope
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  • 2the trotsinformal Diarrhea.

    ‘a bad case of the trots’
    • ‘Where I come from, ‘trots’ has always been slang for diarrhea, i.e. ‘I had a terrible case of the trots this morning after all those pints last night.’’
    • ‘While Wes and his mom set up the camper, I made an excuse about having the trots so I could scope out the campgrounds for babes.’
    • ‘'While living in Papua New Guinea as a child, my father and I got a bad case of the trots.’’
    • ‘Rehydration salts - Ah, the trots, I know a lot of people who never leave home without them, so a couple of these sachets tucked away won't come in wrong.’
  • 3US informal A literal translation of a foreign language text for use by students, especially in a surreptitious way.

    ‘adult readers who can turn to translations without being penalized for depending on trots’


  • on the trot

    • 1informal Continually busy.

      ‘I've been on the trot all day’
      • ‘He saw the tension on my face but he had no idea that I had been on the trot all morning.’
      • ‘We again went on the trot all day trying to see everything.’
    • 2informal In succession.

      ‘they lost seven matches on the trot’
      • ‘It is early in the season, but Sligo have now lost five games on the trot.’
      • ‘The Villagers trailed 12-8 at half-time but turned it round superbly after the break in what was their fourth away match on the trot.’
      • ‘We can't get too greedy, we've gone six games undefeated, seven on the trot with the cup matches.’
      • ‘The horse entered the history books when it won seven Group 1 races on the trot.’
      • ‘We'd lost one game, not six on the trot, and we had to bounce back.’
      • ‘The new system also replaces the previous system in which officers had to work seven night shifts on the trot.’
      • ‘He has also won seven world titles - five on the trot from 1992-and notched up almost 600 century breaks in competition.’
      • ‘If the Australians fail again, it'll be their seventh straight defeat on the trot, the worst run they've endured since the late '60s.’
      • ‘I think he also won four big Open matches on the trot once.’
      • ‘They, too, won their first game but have since lost four on the trot.’
      in succession, one after the other, in a row, consecutively, successively, in sequence, one behind the other
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Phrasal Verbs

  • trot something out

    • Produce the same information, story, or explanation that has been produced many times before.

      ‘everyone trots out the old excuse’
      • ‘Twenty-one years on and the same old collection of ideas are trotted out from the business lobby.’
      • ‘I have two responses to this conversation and trot them out as needed.’
      • ‘Whenever the tax on alcohol or tobacco is raised, the old excuse is trotted out that it's to cover health costs and discourage people from harmful behaviour.’
      • ‘The old favourites are trotted out: better inter-agency working; more sharing of information; improved record-keeping; more sophisticated risk assessment.’
      • ‘No doubt the same old jingoistic cliches will be trotted out to stir up the masses and justify such inhumanity.’
      • ‘The same old clichés are trotted out, the same borrowed theories from Washington D.C. are peddled, and the same double-speak learnt from the metropolis is resorted to, even as the same policies are pursued relentlessly.’
      • ‘According to my wife, he got a real kick out of telling the tale of his father's plunge, as I was to find out during last year's holiday season, when he trotted it out with every visitor…’
      • ‘They've got a formula and they keep trotting it out year after year.’
      • ‘The President trotted the argument out yesterday and you'll be hearing it a lot more.’
      • ‘Many of the tired old clichés were trotted out, and the general impression was given of the big bad farmer and the little innocent bystander who was being affected by his actions.’
      • ‘It isn't just intellectually shoddy for him to trot this stuff out now as if these debates had never taken place - it's downright embarrassing.’
      • ‘Year in and year out the same comments are trotted out as to the pros and cons of the difficulty of the tests.’
      • ‘Instead, the debate quickly became an, ‘Our manifesto is much better than yours but I'm not telling you what's in it’ playground scrap and the tired old platitudes were trotted out.’
      • ‘And even now, just occasionally, someone from the Old School will still trot them out.’
      • ‘As in classical music, the same favourite pieces are trotted out, whilst new work and developments are for those in the know, who prefer it that way.’
      • ‘But the arguments will be trotted out again this week with the publication of the US Federal Reserve's Beige Book - the definitive guide to the overall health of the US economy.’
      recite, repeat, reiterate, restate, regurgitate, churn out
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Middle English: from Old French trot (noun), troter (verb), from medieval Latin trottare, of Germanic origin.