of horses, "move with a moderate or easy gallop," 1706, from a contraction of canterbury (v.), 1670s, from Canterbury pace (1630s), "easy pace at which pilgrims ride to Canterbury" (q.v.). Related: Cantered; cantering.
"moderate or easy gallop," 1755, from canter (v.).
c. 1600, "professional beggar," agent noun from cant (v.1). From 1650s as "one who talks religious cant."
The men cantered away
He cantered the horse across the meadow