One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1in singular A gentle easy trot.run, jogtrot, dogtrot, trot, lopeView synonyms
2North American (in the southern US) an open-ended passage that runs through the center of a house, flanked by two enclosed living spaces.
verbdogtrots, dogtrotted, dogtrotting[no object]
Move at a dogtrot.‘they dogtrotted back up the path’
sprint, race, dart, rush, dash, hasten, hurry, scurry, scuttle, scamper, hare, bolt, bound, fly, gallop, career, charge, pound, shoot, hurtle, speed, streak, whizz, zoom, sweep, go like lightning, go hell for leather, go like the wind, flash, doubleView synonyms
- ‘There wasn't a single car on the road as I dogtrotted all the way to town.’
- ‘The man called Coach dogtrots down the high school corridors, his 200 pounds balanced lightly on plastic hips, his eyes pecking at teachers, students, janitors, monitors as if they are tacklers to be run over.’
- ‘Neither the conductor nor Handel could sustain interest for long: Mr. Woodside invariably lapsed into a dogtrotting tempo that made for an extremely long evening.’
- ‘Likable, intelligent, usually tired, he dogtrots through a delicate and strategic job.’
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