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.
Origin of bobtail
First recorded in 1535–45; bob2
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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.
He asked a thousand questions which Bobtail could not answer, and a thousand more which he did answer.
Neither of them said much, and Bobtail wondered what had happened.
Squire Gilfilian tried to calm him, and Bobtail walked off while he was doing so.
Then Bobtail said he had a letter for you, and I told him to put it on your desk.
British Dictionary definitions for bobtail
a docked or diminutive tail
an animal with such a tail
adjective Also: bobtailed
having the tail cut short
to dock the tail of
to cut short; curtail
Word Origin for bobtail
C16: from bob ² + tail 1
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