trot1 past tense and past participle trotted, present participle trotting
if a horse trots, it moves fairly quickly with each front leg moving at the same time as the opposite back leg [↪ canter, gallop]
2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
if a person or animal trots, they run fairly slowly, taking short regular steps:
She came trotting down the steps from the library.
3 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] informal
to walk or go somewhere, especially fairly quickly:
He trotted off and came back a couple of minutes later, holding a parcel.
trot something ↔ outphrasal verb
Steve trotted out the same old excuses.