bobtail

[bob-teyl]
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noun

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

adjective

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.

Origin of bobtail

First recorded in 1535–45; bob2 + tail1
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Examples from the Web for bobtail

Historical Examples of bobtail

  • But Bobtail did not laugh, for Monkey was a friend, and a brother, in the generic sense.

    Little Bobtail

    Oliver Optic

  • He asked a thousand questions which Bobtail could not answer, and a thousand more which he did answer.

    Little Bobtail

    Oliver Optic

  • Neither of them said much, and Bobtail wondered what had happened.

    Little Bobtail

    Oliver Optic

  • Squire Gilfilian tried to calm him, and Bobtail walked off while he was doing so.

    Little Bobtail

    Oliver Optic

  • Then Bobtail said he had a letter for you, and I told him to put it on your desk.

    Little Bobtail

    Oliver Optic


British Dictionary definitions for bobtail

bobtail

noun

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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