gaiter
noun Etymology: French guêtre Date: 1775 1. a cloth or leather leg covering reaching from the instep to above the ankle or to mid-calf or knee 2. a. an overshoe with fabric upper b. an ankle-high shoe with elastic gores in the sides

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  • Gaiter — Gait er, n. [F. gu[^e]tre, cf. Armor. gweltren; or perh. of German origin, and akin to E. wear, v.] 1. A covering of cloth or leather for the ankle and instep, or for the whole leg from the knee to the instep, fitting down upon the shoe. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gaiter — Gai ter, v. t. To dress with gaiters …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gaiter — Gaiter, Luigi, ital. Schriftsteller und Philolog, geb. 5. Nov. 1815 in Caprino bei Verona, gest. 12. Febr. 1895 in Verona, studierte Theologie und Philosophie, wirkte dann als Gymnasialprofessor in Verona und Mantua und wurde 1861 als Professor… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • gaiter — leather cover for the ankle, 1775, perhaps from Fr. guêtre belonging to peasant attire, from M.Fr. *guestre, probably from Frank. *wrist instep, from P.Gmc. *wirstiz (Cf. Ger. Rist instep; see WRIST (Cf. wrist)). Related: Gaiters …   Etymology dictionary

  • gaiter — ► NOUN 1) a covering of cloth or leather for the ankle and lower leg. 2) chiefly US a shoe or overshoe extending to the ankle or above. DERIVATIVES gaitered adjective. ORIGIN French guêtre …   English terms dictionary

  • gaiter — [gāt′ər] n. [altered (after GAIT) < Fr guêtre, earlier guietre, prob. < Frank * wrist, instep, akin to WRIST] 1. a cloth or leather covering for the instep and ankle, and, sometimes, the calf of the leg; spat or legging ☆ 2. a shoe with… …   English World dictionary

  • gaiter — [18] Etymologically as well as semantically, gaiter is an ‘ankle covering’. It comes from French guêtre ‘gaiter’, which may well have been formed from Germanic *wirst . This denoted ‘twist, turn’, and it has several modern derivatives which mean… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • gaiter — UK [ˈɡeɪtə(r)] / US [ˈɡeɪtər] noun [countable] Word forms gaiter : singular gaiter plural gaiters a piece of leather or cloth that covers and protects your leg from the knee to the ankle …   English dictionary

  • gaiter — [18] Etymologically as well as semantically, gaiter is an ‘ankle covering’. It comes from French guêtre ‘gaiter’, which may well have been formed from Germanic *wirst . This denoted ‘twist, turn’, and it has several modern derivatives which mean… …   Word origins

  • Gaiter — Recorded in various spellings as shown below this is an English surname, but one ultimately of Norse Viking 8th century origins. It derives from the word geit meaning a goat, through the later medieval English gayte . It described a goatherd as… …   Surnames reference

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