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Where did the word “Gait” come from?

The etymology of the word gait.

Where does gait come from? The first records of gait in English come from the early 1500s. It comes from Scots, which is English as spoken in Scotland. Gait is a spelling variant of gate, which in Scotland can be used to mean “a path” or “a way of behaving.”  

Interestingly, the word German word Geht (pronounced “gate”) also means “goes” or “to go” or also “a way of behaving”