Origin of piaffeFrench from piaffer, to strut, paw the ground, probably of echoic origin, originally
transitive verbpiaffed, piaff′ing
intransitive verbpiaffed, piaf·fing, piaffes
Origin of piaffeFrench piaffer
- (dressage) A calm, composed, elevated trot in place.
(third-person singular simple present piaffes, present participle piaffeing, simple past and past participle piaffeed)
- (archaic, rare) To strut pretentiously, to parade about.
- To trot a horse with a high, slow, step, lifting the feet but without moving forward significantly.
- To ride a horse in this way.