Main meanings of trot in English

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Pronunciation /trɒt/

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verbverb trots, verb trotting, verb trotted

  • 1(with reference to a horse or other four-legged animal) 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’
    • ‘he trotted his horse forward’
    • ‘I thought about paying to ride one of the horses, and slowly trotting down the road, until I was out of the sight of the zoo's curator, and then galloping away.’
    • ‘By changing the relationship of these lines of influence, we can ask the horse to walk, trot, stop, back or turn and to do those things in a particular direction at a particular speed.’
    • ‘We moved off, and I walked, trotted, and cantered on a horse I had only dreamed about owning.’
    • ‘One of the horses trots slowly over to us and I lift my daughter to pet its nose.’
    • ‘With that, he urged the horse he rode to trot with the last of its strength through the large wooden doors that had opened inward toward the courtyard.’
    • ‘Then when you want your horse to trot on the lunge, use those bigger steps and a little fuss with the whip to help him understand you want him to change gaits.’
    • ‘The smell of horses and sweat filled the air, the men and horses walking or trotting around restlessly.’
    • ‘I saw four horses trot slowly down the path to the hitching posts.’
    • ‘His sword slapped at his leg as he horse began to trot and he rode out of sight of the village to deep within the forest.’
    • ‘He heard the sound of a horse trotting up the hill.’
    • ‘They saw the silhouettes of four riders off in the distance, trotting their horses as if they were at the end of a long journey and eager to reach their destination.’
    • ‘But as he sat on his horse, trotting along in that seemingly endless line, he was struck by the sheer futility of war.’
    • ‘Tamora called for the man, who trotted up on his horse.’
    • ‘I yelled at them, before telling my horse to trot on.’
    • ‘Reaching the river, they finished their song and trotted their horses over the crossing into the town.’
    • ‘The jockeys trot their horses down the Speedway toward the starting line.’
    • ‘I waved, as my friend and fellow rider, Annie, trotted by on her horse, Chase.’
    • ‘I heard the sound of a horse lightly trotting, and I looked to my right to see a horse with a carriage trotting towards me.’
    • ‘They entered the open gate and started trotting the horses to warm them up.’
    • ‘The prince mounted his horse and trotted behind her.’
  • 2no object, with adverbial of direction (of a person) run at a moderate pace with short steps.

    ‘the child trotted across to her obediently’
    • ‘The tall, thin volleyball player trotted quickly up the steps toward another endless hallway of oblivious dark.’
    • ‘Steven trotted up the steps to his home, clutching a bouquet of wild flowers in his hand.’
    • ‘Students trot on and off campus completely oblivious to the huge potential for campus life that lies just beneath their noses.’
    • ‘A short, plump woman came trotting out of one of the bag rooms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hastily, Eugene trotted up the three low steps up to her porch and went in the wooden door of her house.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And now two-and-a-half years later she's trotting about town with Tom.’
    • ‘The referee did not even bother with a preparatory yellow card and the lad was trotting towards the dressing room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I duly trotted off to bed at a reasonable hour on Friday night in anticipation of my 5am start.’
    • ‘So he simply trotted off to the deed poll office and got himself a new name - well, lots of them, actually.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I shall trot along to see them next week, weather permitting, which will coincidentally be half-way through the contract.’
    • ‘I could trot around the pitch with this mascot knight on my back.’
    • ‘The mouse opened her eyes at the sound of voices and saw several people trotting down the street in apparent concern.’
    run, jog, jogtrot, dogtrot, lope
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    1. 2.1 informal Go or walk briskly.
      • ‘I may trot round to Portobello market for vegetables’
      • ‘Lady hesitated for a moment, watching the two in front of her with an inquisitive look before trotting off briskly to catch up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


  • 1A trotting pace.

    ‘our horses slowed to a trot’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kat walked Jazz for several minutes before increasing his pace to a trot.’
    • ‘Grant looked back behind their Jeep and saw Arian keeping pace at a mere trot.’
    • ‘He had the horse going at a pace just above a trot; I guess he really wanted to get rid of me.’
    • ‘‘We go forth,’ he said sternly, and set the pace at a quick trot.’
    • ‘He wasn't supposed to ride her in a trot, canter or gallop.’
    • ‘When they had all passed, she went back out on the road and continued onwards, quickening the horses pace to a trot.’
    • ‘Smiling broadly, she slowed to a trot and cantered when the next log came into view.’
    • ‘The animal had slowed to a trot, going at its own pace when she had lost the strength to lead it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then it went into a trot, only to slow down again for the next stop.’
    • ‘The wardens must have let him through without question, for his horse was galloping and slowed to a trot only in the courtyard itself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I had only to trot after her horse, and wait until it slowed to a canter, then a trot, and then a walk.’
    • ‘He had long ago slowed to a trot, listening anxiously.’
    • ‘I slowed her to a trot and circled around to meet Dante.’
    • ‘We rode into the forest at a slow trot, but we were silent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mustang kept at a canter for a few more laps, then slowed to a trot.’
    • ‘The next thing I knew, Sally and Bolt came galloping up behind us and passed us before she slowed him to a trot.’
    run, jogtrot, dogtrot, trot, lope
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    1. 1.1An act or period of trotting.
      ‘you might like an early morning trot round the crew deck’
      • ‘The day starts with the early morning trots and gallops.’
      • ‘We've now been assured by the owner that the horse is safe and secure and won't be making any more midnight trots out alone.’
      • ‘Although Danielle tries not to play favorites, Twig definitely is her first choice for a nice early morning trot or a late summer's evening ride.’
    2. 1.2the trotsAustralian, New Zealand informal Trotting races.
      • ‘she was taking me to the trots’
      • ‘They would rail about people who went to the trots or to the races and spent their pay packets on the horses.’
      • ‘And as soon as the last race finishes, Sky switches to the trots and dogs.’
      • ‘If ever there was an industry in desperate need of rationalisation, it's the racing industry, from horses, to dogs and the trots.’
      • ‘People obviously have cable TV, they can sit at home and watch the trots, and for a lot of people that's going to be a lot more comfortable and convenient than going.’
      • ‘So it was that we went to the trots at Cambridge last night.’
  • 2the trots informal Diarrhoea.

    • ‘'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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3Australian, New Zealand informal with adjective A period of luck of a specified kind.

    • ‘Simpson believes his bad trot is about to end’
    • ‘Well it was a quote from Theodore Roosevelt, which I put into my wallet very early on in my career after a particularly bad trot.’
    • ‘The only thing that motivates this Minister is when he gets three bad trots on the TV show night after night.’
    • ‘I think it helped that I played first-class cricket, it helps you to know what the players are thinking and going through if they are having a bad trot.’
    • ‘Even if it was true that he was having a bad trot, it didn't feel right.’
    • ‘I've had a good trot and once the testing server is set up at work I can transfer my programming across to it and leave my laptop at home.’


    on the trot
    • 1British In succession.

      • ‘they lost seven matches on the trot’
      • ‘We can't get too greedy, we've gone six games undefeated, seven on the trot with the cup matches.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I think he also won four big Open matches on the trot once.’
      • ‘The new system also replaces the previous system in which officers had to work seven night shifts on the trot.’
      • ‘They, too, won their first game but have since lost four on the trot.’
      • ‘The horse entered the history books when it won seven Group 1 races on the trot.’
      • ‘It is early in the season, but Sligo have now lost five games on the trot.’
      • ‘We'd lost one game, not six on the trot, and we had to bounce back.’
      • ‘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.’
    • 2Continually busy.

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

Phrasal Verbs

    trot out
    • trot something out, trot out somethingProvide an explanation or piece of information that has already been used many times before.

      • ‘everyone trots out the old excuse’
      • ‘The old favourites are trotted out: better inter-agency working; more sharing of information; improved record-keeping; more sophisticated risk assessment.’
      • ‘And even now, just occasionally, someone from the Old School will still trot them out.’
      • ‘Twenty-one years on and the same old collection of ideas are trotted out from the business lobby.’
      • ‘No doubt the same old jingoistic cliches will be trotted out to stir up the masses and justify such inhumanity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 President trotted the argument out yesterday and you'll be hearing it a lot more.’
      • ‘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…’
      • ‘I have two responses to this conversation and trot them out as needed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Year in and year out the same comments are trotted out as to the pros and cons of the difficulty of the tests.’
      • ‘They've got a formula and they keep trotting it out year after year.’


Middle English from Old French trot (noun), troter (verb), from medieval Latin trottare, of Germanic origin.

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informal, mainly derogatory
  • A Trotskyist or supporter of extreme left-wing views.

    • ‘a band of subversive Trots’
    • ‘he declared that the Corporation was a ‘nest of long-haired Trots’’
    • ‘It admits that a third of its executive committee are Trots, and there does seem to be a hardline Bolshevik edge to the organisation's campaigning.’
    • ‘In Marxist terms, the Trots have preferred feudal theocracy to bourgeois democracy which - in non-Marxist terms - is disgraceful and stupid, as a few members of the far Left are starting to realise.’
    • ‘The days of Trots taking over constituency Labour parties did Labour no good.’
    • ‘Tanya was wearing an off the shoulder Oxfam number while Bob dazzled fellow Trots with his retro Support the Shipbuilders tee-shirt.’
    • ‘Historicism of this kind would make a Marxist proud, and is perhaps why so many former Trots become evangelists of Technology and Globalization: the certainty and simplicity of telelogical narratives hold a strong appeal.’
    • ‘Yet from 1941 he found the Trot temperament to be almost indistinguishable from the Stalinist one and fled that totalitarianism also.’
    • ‘Like freshers at university, the Trots had covered their offices in anti-establishment regalia: ‘My Oath is to the People!’’
    • ‘Everyone knows that Trots and fashion don't mix.’
    • ‘I wonder who the Trots will elect to replace him.’
    • ‘Some of the Trots brushed up very nicely, I must say.’
    • ‘Was he afraid of a group of Trots and Christians?’
    • ‘Still, he's not the only one - they all seem to be at it, but being Trots they pretend they don't enjoy it.’
    • ‘I've often wondered how the Trots justify being led by someone who clearly has little sympathy for them.’
    • ‘The Trots who worked so hard to have him elected must be spitting tacks at that sort of talk.’
    • ‘There still are Trots in Ireland, but if they could muster up 100,000 for their own demonstrations I'm sure they'd be happy.’
    • ‘Only the crustiest - and maddest - ferals and Trots do that sort of thing.’


1960s abbreviation.