Definitions for tailteɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the hindmost part of an animal, esp. that forming a distinct, flexible appendage to the trunk.

    Category: Zoology

  2. something resembling or suggesting this in shape or position:

    the tail of a kite.

  3. the luminous stream extending from the head of a comet.

    Category: Astronomy

  4. Ref: Also, tails.; (opposed to head 1 ).

  5. the rear portion of an airplane or the like.

    Category: Aeronautics

  6. tails, the tapering skirts or ends at the back of a coat, esp. a tail coat. men's full-dress attire.

    Category: Clothing

    Ref: tail coat.

  7. Slang. the buttocks or rump.

    Category: Status (usage)

  8. a person who trails or keeps a close surveillance of another, as a detective or spy.

    Category: Informal

  9. the trail of a fleeing person or animal.

    Category: Informal

  10. Vulgar Slang. sexual intercourse. Usually Offensive.a person, esp. a woman, considered as a sexual object.

    Category: Status (usage)

  11. the hinder, bottom, or end part of something.

  12. a final or concluding part; end.

  13. the inferior or unwanted part of something.

  14. a long braid or tress of hair.

  15. a retinue; train.

  16. the lower part of a pool or stream.

  17. the exposed portion of a piece of roofing, as a slate.

    Category: Building Trades

  18. the bottom part of a page or book.

    Category: Printing

  19. the lower portion of a printer's type, as of g, y, or


    Category: Printing

  20. (adj.)coming from behind:

    a tail breeze.

  21. being in the back or rear:

    a tail gun on an aircraft.

  22. (v.t.)to follow in order to hinder escape or to observe.

    Category: Informal

  23. to form or furnish with a tail.

  24. to form or constitute the tail or end of.

  25. to join or attach (one thing) at the tail or end of another.

  26. to fasten (a beam, stone, etc.) by one end (usu. fol. by in).

    Category: Building Trades

  27. to dock the tail of (a horse, dog, etc.).

    Category: Veterinary Science

  28. (v.i.)to follow close behind; tag.

  29. to disappear gradually or merge into.

  30. to form or move in a line suggestive of a tail.

  31. (of a boat) to have or take a position with the stern in a particular direction.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  32. (of a beam, stone, etc.) to be fastened by one end (usu. fol. by in).

    Category: Building Trades

Idioms for tail:

  1. turn tail, to run away from difficulty, opposition, etc.; flee.

    Category: Idiom

  2. with one's tail between one's legs,utterly defeated or humiliated.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: Definitions 10a and 10b are vulgar slang. Definition 10b is usually perceived as insulting.

Origin of tail:

bef. 900; OE tægl, c. MLG tagel rope-end, OHG zagel tail, ON tagl horse's tail, Go tagl hair



  1. limitation of the passage of an estate; entail.

    Category: Law

  2. (adj.)limited to a specified line of heirs; entailed.

    Category: Law

Origin of tail:

1200–50; (n.) ME taille < OF, der. of taillier to cut < LL tāliāre (see tailor )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. tail(noun)

    the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body

  2. fag end, tail, tail end(noun)

    the time of the last part of something

    "the fag end of this crisis-ridden century"; "the tail of the storm"

  3. tail, tail end(noun)

    any projection that resembles the tail of an animal

  4. buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass(noun)

    the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

    "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"

  5. tail, shadow, shadower(noun)

    a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements

  6. tail(noun)

    (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head

  7. tail, tail assembly, empennage(noun)

    the rear part of an aircraft

  8. stern, after part, quarter, poop, tail(verb)

    the rear part of a ship

  9. chase, chase after, trail, tail, tag, give chase, dog, go after, track(verb)

    go after with the intent to catch

    "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"; "the dog chased the rabbit"

  10. dock, tail, bob(verb)

    remove or shorten the tail of an animal

  11. tail(verb)

    remove the stalk of fruits or berries

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tail(noun)ɪl

    a long body part at the back of an animal

    the alligator's tail; a dog wagging its tail

  2. tailɪl

    the end of an airplane

    The wings and tail were smashed.

  3. tailɪl

    the part at the end of sth long

    We were at the tail end of a long line of people.


  1. tail(Noun)

    The caudal appendage of an animal that is attached to its posterior and near the anus.

    Most primates have a tail, and even early humans did.

  2. tail(Noun)

    The tail-end of an object, e.g. the rear of an aircraft's fuselage, containing the tailfin.

    When a grumpy client of the frat's annual carwash complained the tail of his menure-soiled tractor wasn't completely cleaned, the poor pledges had to drop trou and bend over to get their own tails paddled in public.

  3. tail(Noun)

    An object or part thereof resembling a tail in shape, such as the thongs on a cat-o'-nine-tails or other multi-tail whip.

  4. tail(Noun)

    The rear structure of an aircraft, the empennage

  5. tail(Noun)

    Specifically, the visible stream of dust and gases blown from a comet by the solar wind.

  6. tail(Noun)

    The latter part of a time period or event, or (collectively) persons or objects represented in this part.

  7. tail(Noun)

    The part of a distribution most distant from the mode; as, a long tail.

  8. tail(Noun)

    One who surreptitiously follows another.

  9. tail(Noun)

    The last four or five batsmen in the batting order, usually specialist bowlers.

  10. tail(Verb)

    To surreptitiously follow and observe.

    Tail that car!

  11. tail(Noun)

    The lower loop of the letters in the Roman alphabet, as in g, q or y.

  12. tail(Noun)

    The side of a coin not bearing the head; normally the side on which the monetary value of the coin is indicated; the reverse.

  13. tail(Noun)

    All the last terms of a sequence, from some term on.

    A sequence uE00026906uE001 is said to be frequently uE00026907uE001 if every tail of the sequence contains uE00026908uE001.

  14. tail(Noun)

    The buttocks or backside.

  15. tail(Noun)

    The male member of a person or animal.

    After the burly macho nudists' polar bear dip, their tails were spectacularly shrunk, so they looked like an immature kid's innocent tail

  16. tail(Noun)

    Sexual intercourse.

    I'm gonna get me some tail tonight.

  17. tail(Noun)

    the stern; the back of the kayak.

  18. tail(Noun)

    limitation of inheritance to certain heirs.

  19. tail(Adjective)


  20. Origin: From tægel. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tail(noun)

    limitation; abridgment

  2. Tail(adj)

    limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed; as, estate tail

  3. Tail(noun)

    the terminal, and usually flexible, posterior appendage of an animal

  4. Tail(noun)

    any long, flexible terminal appendage; whatever resembles, in shape or position, the tail of an animal, as a catkin

  5. Tail(noun)

    hence, the back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything, -- as opposed to the head, or the superior part

  6. Tail(noun)

    a train or company of attendants; a retinue

  7. Tail(noun)

    the side of a coin opposite to that which bears the head, effigy, or date; the reverse; -- rarely used except in the expression "heads or tails," employed when a coin is thrown up for the purpose of deciding some point by its fall

  8. Tail(noun)

    the distal tendon of a muscle

  9. Tail(noun)

    a downy or feathery appendage to certain achenes. It is formed of the permanent elongated style

  10. Tail(noun)

    a portion of an incision, at its beginning or end, which does not go through the whole thickness of the skin, and is more painful than a complete incision; -- called also tailing

  11. Tail(noun)

    one of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times

  12. Tail(noun)

    a rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything

  13. Tail(noun)

    the part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem

  14. Tail(noun)

    same as Tailing, 4

  15. Tail(noun)

    the bottom or lower portion of a member or part, as a slate or tile

  16. Tail(noun)

    see Tailing, n., 5

  17. Tail(verb)

    to follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded

  18. Tail(verb)

    to pull or draw by the tail

  19. Tail(verb)

    to hold by the end; -- said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; -- with in or into

  20. Tail(verb)

    to swing with the stern in a certain direction; -- said of a vessel at anchor; as, this vessel tails down stream


  1. Tail

    The tail is the section at the rear end of an animal's body; in general, the term refers to a distinct, flexible appendage to the torso. It is the part of the body that corresponds roughly to the sacrum and coccyx in mammals, reptiles, and birds. While tails are primarily a feature of vertebrates, some invertebrates including scorpions and springtails, as well as snails and slugs, have tail-like appendages that are sometimes referred to as tails. Tailed objects are sometimes referred to as "caudate" and the part of the body associated with or proximal to the tail are given the adjective "caudal".

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tail' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3679

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tail' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3333

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tail' in Nouns Frequency: #1329

Anagrams of tail

  1. alit, ital, lati, LIAT, tali

Translations for tail

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the part of an animal, bird or fish that sticks out behind the rest of its body

The dog wagged its tail; A fish swims by moving its tail.

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