[tak-uh l or for 2–4, tey-kuh l]


verb (used with object), tack·led, tack·ling.

verb (used without object), tack·led, tack·ling.

Football. to tackle an opponent having the ball.

Nearby words

  1. tackboard,
  2. tacker,
  3. tacket,
  4. tackie,
  5. tackies,
  6. tackling,
  7. tacksman,
  8. tacky,
  9. tacloban,
  10. tacmahack

Origin of tackle

1200–50; Middle English takel gear, apparatus < Middle Low German; akin to take

Related formstack·ler, nounre·tack·le, verb (used with object), re·tack·led, re·tack·ling.

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Examples from the Web for tackle

British Dictionary definitions for tackle



any mechanical system for lifting or pulling, esp an arrangement of ropes and pulleys designed to lift heavy weights
the equipment required for a particular occupation, etcfishing tackle
nautical the halyards and other running rigging aboard a vessel
slang a man's genitals
sport a physical challenge to an opponent, as to prevent his progress with the ball
American football a defensive lineman


(tr) to undertake (a task, problem, etc)
(tr) to confront (a person, esp an opponent) with a difficult proposition
sport (esp in football games) to challenge (an opponent) with a tackle
Derived Formstackler, noun

Word Origin for tackle

C13: related to Middle Low German takel ship's rigging, Middle Dutch taken to take

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Word Origin and History for tackle
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