[ tag ]
/ tæg /


verb (used with object), tagged, tag·ging.

verb (used without object), tagged, tag·ging.

to follow closely; go along or about as a follower: to tag after someone; to tag along behind someone.
to write graffiti.

Nearby words

  1. taft,
  2. taft, lorado,
  3. taft, robert alphonso,
  4. taft, william howard,
  5. taft-hartley act,
  6. tag boat,
  7. tag cloud,
  8. tag day,
  9. tag end,
  10. tag line

Origin of tag

1375–1425; late Middle English tagge (noun); cognate with Middle Low German, Norwegian tagge, Swedish tagg pointed protruding part; akin to tack1

Related formstag·ger, nountag·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for taggers


/ (ˈtæɡəz) /

pl n

very thin iron or steel sheet coated with tin

Word Origin for taggers

C19: perhaps so called because it was used to make tags for laces


/ (tæɡ) /


verb tags, tagging or tagged (mainly tr)

Word Origin for tag

C15: of uncertain origin; related to Swedish tagg point, perhaps also to tack 1


/ (tæɡ) /


Also called: tig a children's game in which one player chases the others in an attempt to catch one of them who will then become the chaser
the act of tagging one's partner in tag wrestling
(modifier) denoting or relating to a wrestling contest between two teams of two wrestlers, in which only one from each team may be in the ring at one time. The contestant outside the ring may change places with his team-mate inside the ring after touching his hand

verb tags, tagging or tagged (tr)

to catch (another child) in the game of tag
(in tag wrestling) to touch the hand of (one's partner)

Word Origin for tag

C18: perhaps from tag 1

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Word Origin and History for taggers
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Medicine definitions for taggers


[ tăg ]


A strip of leather, paper, metal, or plastic attached to something or hung from a wearer's neck to identify, classify, or label.
A small outgrowth or polyp.


To label, identify, or recognize with or as if with a tag.
To incorporate into a compound a readily detected substance making the compound detectable so that its metabolic or chemical history may be followed.

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Science definitions for taggers


[ tăg ]

A sequence of characters in a markup language used to provide information, such as formatting specifications, about a document. Tags are enclosed in a pair of angle brackets that indicate to the browser how the text is to be displayed.
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