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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bobtail, bob, docknoun

    a short or shortened tail of certain animals

  2. Old English sheepdog, bobtailadjective

    large sheepdog with a profuse shaggy bluish-grey-and-white coat and short tail; believed to trace back to the Roman occupation of Britain

  3. bobtail, bobtailedadjective

    having a short or shortened tail

    "bobtail mare"


  1. bobtailnoun

    A short, or deliberately shortened tail.

  2. bobtailnoun

    Hence, also said of some animals that have a bobtail, such as certain canines or nags.

  3. bobtailnoun

    A tractor which performs without its trailer.

  4. bobtailverb

    To drive a tractor without its trailer.

  5. bobtailverb

    To drive a truck or other vehicle without its trailer.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bobtail

    Cut tail; short tail.

    Etymology: from bob, in the sense of cut.

    Avaunt, you curs!
    Be thy mouth or black or white,
    Or bobtail like, or trundle tail,
    Tom will make him weep and wail. William Shakespeare, King Lear.


  1. bobtail

    A bobtail generally refers to any animal, especially a mammal, that has either a naturally short tail, a tail that has been shortened, or a tail that has been made shorter, for example, through docking. It may also refer to vehicles with shorter rear bodies, like trucks and wagons. The term "bobtail" originated from the concept of "bobbing" or cutting off the tails of various animals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bobtailnoun

    an animal (as a horse or dog) with a short tail

  2. Bobtailadjective


Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bobtail

    bob′tāl, n. a short or cut tail: a word applied in contempt to the rabble, as in 'tag-rag and bobtail.'—adj. Bob′tailed, with tail cut short.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bobtail in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bobtail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of bobtail in a Sentence

  1. Jamie Foster:

    Animals, including humans, rely on our microbes to maintain a healthy digestive and immune system, we do not fully understand how spaceflight alters these beneficial interactions. The UMAMI experiment uses a glow-in-the-dark bobtail squid to address these important issues in animal health.

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