a movement in horsemanship in which the animal executes the motions of a slow trot in place
Origin of piaffeFrench from piaffer, to strut, paw the ground, probably of echoic origin, originally
transitive verbpiaffed, piaff′ing
to perform the piaffe
intransitive verbpiaffed, piaf·fing, piaffes
To perform the piaffer.
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.