dogtrot

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

dogtrot (plural dogtrots)

  1. A steady trotting motion similar to that of a dog.
  2. (Southern US) A breezeway, open passageway, or open hallway between two sections of a house.
    • 2007, Allen George Noble, Traditional Buildings: A Global Survey of Structural Forms and Cultural Functions[1], Architecture, I.B. Tauris, ISBN 9781845113056, page 34:
      The dogtrot was protected from the rain and, because its front and back were open, the Bernoulli principle provided a cooling effect ...
  3. (Southern US) A type of house with an open breezeway or hallway between two sections of a house.
    • 2007, Allen George Noble, Traditional Buildings: A Global Survey of Structural Forms and Cultural Functions[2], Architecture, I.B. Tauris, ISBN 9781845113056, page 33:
      One Appalachian solution to the problem of adding needed living space to an existing small cabin was the dogtrot, sometimes called the dogrun, possum trot, two pens-and-a-passage, double house, or erroneously the double pen.

Verb[edit]

dogtrot (third-person singular simple present dogtrots, present participle dogtrotting, simple past and past participle dogtrotted)

  1. To move at the pace of a dogtrot
    • 1989, Sue Grafton, "E" is for Evidence, Fiction, Crimeline, ISBN 9780553279559:
      The stewardess released us like a pack of noisy school kids and I dogtrotted toward the gate.

Adjective[edit]

dogtrot (comparative more dogtrot, superlative most dogtrot)

  1. (Southern US) The design or form of house with an open breezeway or hallway between two sections of a house
    • 1977, Charles van Ravenswaay, The Arts and Architecture of German Settlements in Missouri[3], edition reprint, History, University of Missouri Press, ISBN 9780826217004, published 2006, page 131:
      If America can claim any significant development in log construction, it might be the dogtrot cabin, … Henry Glassie believes that the dogtrot form developed in the southern Tennessee Valley area ...