- the board or gate at the back of a wagon, truck, station wagon, etc., which can be removed or let down for convenience in loading or unloading.
- to follow or drive hazardously close to the rear of another vehicle.
- to follow or drive hazardously close to the rear of (another vehicle).
- pertaining to or set up on a tailgate: a tailgate picnic before the football game.
Origin of tailgate1
- a style of playing the trombone, especially in Dixieland jazz, distinguished especially by the use of melodic counterpoint and long glissandi.
Origin of tailgate2
Examples from the Web for tailgate
Except for the unhappy expressions on their faces, they looked like they had settled in for a tailgate party.Pop Culture and the Recession
April 30, 2012
A number of adults at the Tailgate Party are wearing orange T-shirts printed with the words “See You at the Pole Event Staff.”See You at the Pole: Church Youth Gatherings Raise Legal Questions
January 26, 2012
The truck was decades old, and it lacked a tailgate so the people in back were crammed together to avoid falling out.Adam Johnson Recalls North Korea: A Country with No Books
December 22, 2011
Our cars will chide us if we tailgate and watch us as we drive and jolt us awake if are distracted or drifting off to sleep.Secrets of Google's Robo-Car
October 11, 2010
The hounds were snapping furiously as they tried to leap over the tailgate.Collectivum
On the tailgate was spread, three times a day, the jolly good meals that pioneer mothers knew how to cook.Strange Stories of the Great Valley
Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
There was a tailgate lowered, forming a ramp; above it, the huge double doors opened on a cavern of blackness.Security
Poul William Anderson
- another name for tailboard
- a door at the rear of a hatchback vehicle
- to drive very close behind (a vehicle)
Word Origin and History for tailgate
1868, back panel on a wagon, hinged to swing down and open, from tail (n.) + gate (n.). Extended by 1950 to hatchback door on an automobile. The verb meaning "to drive too close behind another vehicle" is from 1951; tailgate party "party or picnic at the open tail-gate of a parked car" is attested from 1961.