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gaiter (n.)

"leather cover for the ankle," 1775, from French guêtre "belonging to peasant attire," of uncertain origin; probably ultimately from Frankish *wrist "instep," or a similar Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *wirstiz (source also of German Rist "instep," English wrist), from *wreik- "to turn," from PIE root *wer- (2) "to turn, bend." Related: Gaiters; gaitered (1760).

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Definitions of gaiter from WordNet

gaiter (n.)
a cloth covering (a legging) that covers the instep and ankles;
Synonyms: spat
gaiter (n.)
a shoe covering the ankle with elastic gores in the sides;
gaiter (n.)
legging consisting of a cloth or leather covering for the leg from the knee to the ankle;
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