the part of a shirt below the waistline.
Journalism. a brief item added at the end of a related newspaper story.Compare follow-up(def 3b).


quite young and immature in behavior.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. of distant relation, especially by marriage: some shirttail cousins I'd never met.

verb (used with object)

Informal. to append or add (an item) to a discussion or writing: The tariff concessions were shirttailed onto the trade bill.

Origin of shirttail

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; shirt + tail1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shirt-tail

Historical Examples of shirt-tail

  • How ridiculous you are, with your big puffy face, and in your shirt-tail!

    A Chambermaid's Diary

    Octave Mirbeau

  • And the sexton ran out in the snow, in his shirt-tail, to see what was the matter.

    Seven O'Clock Stories

    Robert Gordon Anderson

  • He produced a piece of rock from a knot in his shirt-tail and handed it over to her slowly.


    Dane Coolidge

  • He didn' hab on anything but his shirt an' he say he run so fas' 'til the wind had his shirt-tail stif as a board.

  • But the weeks passed, and the Shirt-tail battalion was no nearer Cuba, though it was much nearer efficiency for the field.

    The Code of the Mountains

    Charles Neville Buck

British Dictionary definitions for shirt-tail



the part of a shirt that extends below the waist
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