[ bob-teyl ]
/ ˈbɒbˌteɪl /


a short or docked tail.
an animal with such a tail.


Also bob·tailed. having a bobtail.
cut short; docked; cropped.
shorter or briefer than usual; abbreviated: Several legislative items must be dropped from the current bobtail session of Congress.

verb (used with object)

to cut short the tail of; dock, often by cutting a muscle in a horse's tail to make it stand erect.

Nearby words

  1. bobsled,
  2. bobsledding,
  3. bobsleigh,
  4. bobstay,
  5. bobsy-die,
  6. bobweight,
  7. bobwhite,
  8. bobèche,
  9. boca raton,
  10. bocaccio

Origin of bobtail

First recorded in 1535–45; bob2 + tail1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bobtail


/ (ˈbɒbˌteɪl) /


a docked or diminutive tail
an animal with such a tail

adjective Also: bobtailed

having the tail cut short

verb (tr)

to dock the tail of
to cut short; curtail

Word Origin for bobtail

C16: from bob ² + tail 1

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