[ pig-teyl ]
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  1. a braid of hair hanging down the back of the head.

  2. pigtails, two bunches of hair gathered and fastened on either side of the head, in braids or hanging freely.

  1. tobacco in a thin, twisted roll.

  2. Electricity.

    • 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.

Origin of pigtail

First recorded in 1680–90; pig1 + tail1

Words Nearby pigtail

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How to use pigtail in a sentence

  • The hint arrested Shen Heng's fingers in the act of tearing out a handful of his beautiful pigtail.

    Kai Lung's Golden Hours | Ernest Bramah

British Dictionary definitions for pigtail


/ (ˈpɪɡˌteɪl) /

  1. a bunch of hair or one of two bunches on either side of the face, worn loose or plaited

  2. a twisted roll of tobacco

Derived forms of pigtail

  • pigtailed, adjective

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