- a short, flexible wire used in connecting a stationary terminal with a terminal having a limited range of motion.
- a short wire connected to an electric device, as a lead or ground.
Examples from the Web for pigtail
Abramovic was wearing a floor-length navy blue robe, a pigtail over her right shoulder.
The very weight of the pigtail is a sobering influence; its solemn, pendulum movement is incompatible with revolt.Tom and Some Other Girls|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I realized that my position, difficult before, now was become impossible; the possession of the pigtail compromised me hopelessly.Tales of Chinatown|Sax Rohmer
As for my father, he was the picture of misery,—he had no consolation except turning his quid and tying his pigtail.Poor Jack|Frederick Marryat
His pigtail came unfastened and began to uncoil, slowly, like a snake.The Devil Doctor|Sax Rohmer
One of his grievances was that he had to exchange his stylish Paris suit for a stiff uniform and pigtail.
British Dictionary definitions for pigtail
Word Origin and History for pigtail
1680s, "tobacco in a twisted roll," from pig (n.) + tail (n.). So called from resemblance. Meaning "braid of hair" is from 1753, when it was a fashion among soldiers and sailors. Applied variously to other objects or parts thought to resemble this in appearance.