From Middle English trotten, from Old French trotter, troter, from Medieval Latin *trottō, *trotō, from Frankish *trottōn ("to go, run"), from Proto-Germanic *trudōną, *trudaną, *tradjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *dreh₂-. Cognate with Old High German trottōn ("to run"), Modern German trotten ("to trot, plod"), Gothic 𐍄𐍂𐌿𐌳𐌰𐌽 ("to tread"), Old Norse troða ("to walk, tread"), Old English tredan ("to step, tread"). tread.
Short for foxtrot, whose rhythms influenced the genre.
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