Definition of gaiter in US English:



usually gaiters
  • 1A garment similar to leggings, worn to cover or protect the ankle and lower leg.

    • ‘In the cobbled backstreets mustachioed old men in tweed jackets and gaiters drive decorated carts at breakneck speeds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After all, I had distanced myself from the granola crowd the year before by skiing in knickers rather than blue jeans and gaiters.’
    • ‘All right, but on Christmas Eve, don't be surprised if a Father Christmas comes down the chimney, six feet tall wearing a red hat and white gaiters.’
    • ‘Accessories like chain mail scarves and gaiters add new touches to old looks.’
    • ‘The men wear an oddly Victorian combination of stylized frock coats and gaiters, seemingly Gaultier-influenced.’
    • ‘Breeches and waistcoats became more important in their uniformity as more of them was revealed by the turning back of coat skirts, and long gaiters began to be worn, only to be shortened by the 1770s.’
    • ‘Snow soon crams the tops of your gaiters and crawls its icy way down to your ankles.’
    • ‘The period saw the transition of British Army uniform from red wool serge coats to khaki cotton, and gaiters were replaced by puttees.’
    • ‘With an adjustable cord at the top and elasticated features to tightly secure the gaiter around the ankle and foot these are not bad at all.’
    • ‘The next morning we awoke to overcast skies and a light snowfall, but I was too excited about the challenge of the day to be bothered by the weather, as we geared up with our ski suits, gaiters, rucksacks and the all important snowshoes.’
    • ‘Which we did - twice. Luckily my gaiters protected my lower legs, but between shorts and gaiters my legs got scratched up pretty bad.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We make complete bug suits, headnets, mitts, gaiters and even fly masks for horses.’
    • ‘In deep snow, a pair of gaiters is also useful to prevent snow from cascading over your boot tops.’
    • ‘He is believed to be wearing a red and black windstopper fleece, black long sleeve base layer top, green plus-four trousers, blue gaiters, a red hat and grey socks with brown boots.’
    • ‘During the Korean War, for example, Marines continued to wear their yellow protective gaiters over their boots after the U.S. Army stopped using them.’
    • ‘Other recommended items included emergency food, pocket knife, compass, flashlights, matches and tire starter, whistle, rain gear, extra underwear, gaiters, balaclava and face mask.’
    • ‘The Mountain Hardwear Trail Gaiter is an above-ankle gaiter perfect for early spring and late fall runs and hikes.’
    • ‘We drape our snow gaiters and boots around the stove, hoping they'll dry overnight.’
    1. 1.1 A lower leg covering, buttoned up the side and worn as part of the traditional costume of an Anglican bishop.
      • ‘The Bishop, I fancy, thought there was something in this appeal, and was, perhaps, amused at the persistency of women, for he smiled sadly for a second or two on his gaiter.’
      • ‘n the morning he did not answer the summons to breakfast, and when Mr. Thomas went to learn what the difficulty was, he found the Bishop without a gaiter.’
      • ‘England's prime gaiter-wearer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, had his reservations about the apparel.’
      • ‘There may be something amusing in a bishop's gaiters, but only because they are a bishop's.’
      • ‘What time does it take a bishop to button his gaiters?’
    2. 1.2US A shoe or overshoe extending to the ankle or above.


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