Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body
  2. (noun, artifact) the rear part of a ship
  3. (noun, artifact) the rear part of an aircraft
  4. (noun, artifact) (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head
  5. (noun, body) the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
    are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?
  6. (noun, person) a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
  7. (noun, shape) any projection that resembles the tail of an animal
  8. (noun, time) the time of the last part of something
    the tail of the storm
  9. (verb, contact) remove the stalk of fruits or berries
  10. (verb, contact) remove or shorten the tail of an animal
  11. (verb, motion) go after with the intent to catch
    the dog chased the rabbit

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Antonyms of Tail


Origin of the word Tail

  1. "hindmost part of an animal," O.E. t?gl, t?gel, from P.Gmc. *tagla- (cf. O.H.G. zagal, Ger. Zagel "tail," dialectal Ger. Zagel "penis," O.N. tagl "horse's tail"), from PIE *doklos, from base *dek- "something long and thin" (referring to such things as fringe, lock of hair, horsetail; cf. O.Ir. dual "lock of hair," S… more
  2. "limitation of ownership," a legal term, 1321 in Anglo-Fr.; 1284 in Anglo-L., in most cases an aphetic form of entail. more
  3. "follow secretly," U.S. colloquial, 1907, is from earlier sense of "follow or drive cattle," from tail (n.1). Tail off "diminish" is attested from 1854. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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