gaiter

Definitions

  • woman with baby wearing gaiters
    woman with baby wearing gaiters
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gaiter legging consisting of a cloth or leather covering for the leg from the knee to the ankle
    • n gaiter a shoe covering the ankle with elastic gores in the sides
    • n gaiter a cloth covering (a legging) that covers the instep and ankles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gaiter 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.
    • Gaiter A kind of shoe, consisting of cloth, and covering the ankle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gaiter A covering of cloth for the ankle, or the ankle and lower leg, spreading out at the bottom over the top of the shoe; a spatterdash.
    • n gaiter Originally, a kind of shoe, consisting partly of cloth, covering the ankle; now, also, a shoe of similar form, with or without cloth, generally with an insertion of elastic on each side.
    • gaiter To dress with gaiters.
    • n gaiter The dogwood-tree. Now gaiter-tree, gattridge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gaiter gāt′ėr a covering of cloth, &c., for the ankle, fitting down upon the shoe.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. guêtre, cf. Armor. gweltren,; or perh. of German origin, and akin to E. wear, v
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. guêtre, guietre.

Usage

In literature:

Officers make for the boat in twos or threes, their trench coats, buttoned tightly, flap round putteed or gaitered legs.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
They wear long gaiters, and shoes made of prepared goat-skins.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
And I have often thought that the long leather gaiters of the Zouave would suit them.
"A New Illustrated Edition of J. S. Rarey's Art of Taming Horses" by J. S. Rarey
No one but a Congressman wore "gaiters" in those days.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
And she followed him, his rather sloping shoulders and his cloth riding-gaiters, out of the room.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Owing to the padding of his long, white gaiters, his legs seemed thicker at the calf than at the thigh.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
The old man is slightly shuffly in his gaiters.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
On the last gaiter was the last button.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
I knows how yer foots mus' be as much out of breaf wid yer tight gaiters as your waist is long of yer tight dress.
"Hidden Hand" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
Here is another, who is equally smitten with a pair of French gaiters.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 2 August 1848" by Various
Who marched to battle with their gaiters black.
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
Her feet sank into the marsh till the water gurgled over her gaiters.
"A Noble Woman" by Ann S. Stephens
Most of these snakes were harmless; but as some of them were very deadly, the protection of the gaiters was quite necessary.
"Out on the Pampas" by G. A. Henty
Her gaiter boots were saturated with wet, and soiled with reddish clay.
"Mabel's Mistake" by Ann S. Stephens
His patched gaiters, the sacking tied round him with a cord to serve as an apron, had the same simple appropriateness.
"The Thread of Gold" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Tommy was the little boy who wore a fawn coat with a sealskin collar, and dear little brown gaiters.
"The Daughters of a Genius" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
He has an ankle gaiter covering the top of his shoes.
"English Costume" by Dion Clayton Calthrop
You can't get Aunt Mary to put on a hoop petticoat, or wear gaiter boots.
"More Mittens with The Doll's Wedding and Other Stories" by Frances Elizabeth Barrow
Wet spoil gaiters and knees and little spools little spools or ready silk lining.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
One day all were in the costume of generals, the day after all were Nimrods, in hunting-coats and gaiters.
"The Lost Manuscript" by Gustav Freytag
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In poetry:

From noting the size of her gaiters
True gentlemen never abstain;
If larger than those of a bay
They pass her in royal distain.
"The Misanthrope's Reverie" by Joseph Warren Watson
Little Birds are dining
Warily and well,
Hid in mossy cell:
Hid, I say, by waiters
Gorgeous in their gaiters -
I've a Tale to tell.
"Little Birds" by Lewis Carroll

In news:

Arguably the Top event promoters in Buffalo NY The Gaiter Brothers have withstood the test of time.
Once I got on the hike out to the shoulder, I opened the two long crotch zips, unzipped the boot gaiters, and hiked with comfort and ease.
It packs features like hidden snap buttons, elastic hand gaiters, and a zippered sleeve pocket.
For face protection , a buff or gaiter, as Simms refers to it, is an excellent way to protect more of your head and face.
"What we want to do is encourage people to get back up there and rebuild ," said Commissioner Lew Gaiter.
The gaiter collar functioned well to keep out debris and snow with the assistance of a forefoot waterproof vamp.
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