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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


  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tail

    tāl, n. the posterior extremity of an animal, its caudal appendage: anything resembling a tail in appearance, position, &c.: the back, lower, or hinder part of anything: a retinue, suite: a queue or body of persons in single file: anything long and hanging, as a catkin, train of a comet, long curl of hair, &c.: in Turkey, a horse-tail, formerly carried before a pasha as an emblem of relative rank.—n. Tail′-board, the board at the hinder end of a cart or wagon, which can be let down or removed, for convenience in unloading.—adj. Tailed, having a tail of a specified kind.—ns. Tail′-end, the hind part of any animal, the tip of the tail: the end or finish of anything, the fag-end: (pl.) inferior corn sorted out from that of better quality; Tail′-feath′er, one of the rectrices or rudder-feathers of a bird's tail; Tail′-gate, the aft or lower gate of a canal lock.—n.pl. Tail′ings, refuse, dregs.—adj. Tail′less, having no tail.—ns. Tail′piece, a piece at the tail or end, esp. of a series, as of engravings; Tail′pipe, the suction pipe in a pump.—v.t. to fasten something to the tail of, as a dog, to fix something to one by way of joke.—ns. Tail′race, the channel in which water runs away below a mill-wheel; Tail′rope, in coal-mining, a rope extending from the hind part of a car or kibble in a slightly inclined passage, by means of which the empties are drawn 'inby,' while the loaded cars are drawn 'outby.'—Lay, or Put, salt on the tail of (see Salt); Make neither head nor tail of anything (see Head); Turn tail, to run away, to shirk a combat; Twist the lion's tail (U.S.), to goad or insult the pacific and long-suffering British public feeling for political purposes in America; With the tail between the legs, in a cowardly way, after the manner of a beaten cur when he sneaks away. [A.S. tægel; Ger. zagel; Goth. tagl, hair.]

  2. Tail

    tāl, n. (law) the term applied to an estate which is cut off or limited to certain heirs.—ns. Tail′āge, Tall′āge. [Fr. taille, cutting. Cf. Entail.]

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 for tail »

  1. alit, ital, lati, LIAT, tali


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tail in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Italian Proverb:

    Let every fox take care of his own tail.

  2. Chief Financial Officer Eduardo Vassimon:

    We feel that we are well cushioned against tail events.

  3. Portuguese Proverb:

    The dog wags his tail, not for you, but for your bread.

  4. Thomas Donaldson:

    That's a no brainer, you've got a tiger by the tail there.

  5. Ernest Parks:

    I would give tours and she'd be on my tail asking questions.

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