Definition of


  1. (noun, act) (sports) the act of touching a player in a game (which changes their status in the game)
  2. (noun, act) a game in which one child chases the others; the one who is caught becomes the next chaser
  3. (noun, artifact) a small piece of cloth or paper
  4. (noun, communication) a label written or printed on paper, cardboard, or plastic that is attached to something to indicate its owner, nature, price, etc.
  5. (noun, communication) a label associated with something for the purpose of identification
  6. (verb, communication) provide with a name or nickname
  7. (verb, contact) attach a tag or label to
  8. (verb, contact) touch a player while he is holding the ball
  9. (verb, creation) supply (blank verse or prose) with rhymes
  10. (verb, motion) go after with the intent to catch
    the dog chased the rabbit

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Tag

  1. "small hanging piece," 1402, perhaps from a Scand. source (cf. Norw. tagg "point, prong," Swed. tagg "prickle, thorn") cognate with tack (1). Meaning "label" is first recorded 1835; sense of "automobile license plate" is recorded from 1935, originally underworld slang. Meaning "an epithet, popular designation" is recorded from 1961, hence slang verb meaning "to wr… more
  2. "children's game," 1738, perhaps a variation of Scot. tig "touch, tap" (1721), probably an alteration of M.E. tek "touch, tap" (see tick (2)). The verb in the baseball sense is recorded from 1907; the adj. in the pro wrestling sense is recorded from 1955. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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