Definitions for tailgateˈteɪlˌgeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tail•gateˈteɪlˌgeɪt(n.; v.; adj.)-gat•ed, -gat•ing

  1. (n.)a board or gate at the back of a wagon, truck, station wagon, etc., that can be removed or let down for loading or unloading.

    Category: Transportation

  2. a style of playing the trombone, esp. in Dixieland jazz, distinguished esp. by the use of melodic counterpoint and long glissandi.

    Category: Music and Dance

  3. (v.i.)to follow or drive hazardously close to the rear of another vehicle.

    Category: Transportation

  4. to have a picnic on a tailgate, esp. of a station wagon.

  5. (v.t.)to follow or drive hazardously close to the rear of (another vehicle).

    Category: Transportation

  6. (adj.)set up on a tailgate or near an automobile, as in a parking lot:

    a tailgate picnic.

Origin of tailgate:

1865–70, Amer.; (def. 5 ) so called from the usual seat of trombonists in trucks carrying musicians during a parade


Princeton's WordNet

  1. tailgate, tailboard(verb)

    a gate at the rear of a vehicle; can be lowered for loading

  2. tailgate(verb)

    follow at a dangerously close distance

    "it is dangerous to tailgate another vehicle"


  1. tailgate(Noun)

    A hinged board or hatch at the rear of a vehicle that can be lowered for loading and unloading; a tailboard.

  2. tailgate(Noun)

    The hinged rear door of a hatchback.

  3. tailgate(Noun)

    Either of the downstream gates in a canal lock.

  4. tailgate(Verb)

    To drive dangerously close behind another vehicle

    That idiot has been tailgating me for the last five minutes.

  5. tailgate(Verb)

    To follow another person through access control on their access, rather than on oneu2019s own credentials. Especially when entering a door controlled by a card reader.

  6. tailgate(Verb)

    To privately purchase or sell a security immediately after trading in the same security for a client.


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