Gaiter. [From Fr. guetre, a cloth covering for the ankle and upper portion of the foot] Originally a kind of shoe, consisting partly of cloth, covering the ankle. At present a shoe of similar form made either of leather or cloth, generally with an insertion of elastic on each side. The term is also applied to a covering of cloth for the ankle and lower portion of the leg, spreading out at the bottom over the top of the shoe; also called overgaiter and spatterdash.