- sexual intercourse.
- Usually Disparaging and Offensive.a woman considered as a sex object.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to turn one's back on, as in aversion or fright.
- to run away from difficulty, opposition, etc.; flee: The sight of superior forces made the attackers turn tail.
Origin of tail1
Origin of tail2
Related Words for tailrear, butt, rudder, hound, stalk, buttocks, end, reverse, extremity, train, behind, stub, appendage, posterior, tag, tush, rump, conclusion, tailpiece, empennage
Examples from the Web for tail
Contemporary Examples of tail
The young man had the presence of mind to tail Gaylard Williams out of the park and jot down his license plate.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault
December 21, 2014
We thought that Sonny was inspiring us and he was out there and responding and sweating and playing his tail off.Herbie Hancock Holds Forth
November 8, 2014
A bombing spate in Lebanon last year started to tail off in the winter.ISIS May Open a Third Front in Lebanon
June 25, 2014
He notes that “at least one paper” recognizes that the cause of the tail is “poorly understood.”The Crazy Way Creationists Try To Explain Human Tails Without Evolution
Karl W. Giberson
June 1, 2014
Like the wings, the tail surfaces—horizontal and vertical—easily break away from the fuselage and float.Mysterious Debris Near Australia Looks like MH370’s Wing
March 20, 2014
Historical Examples of tail
He sat still, just lifting the root of his tail as you stroked him.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
He carried his head loftily, and there was a lordly flaunt to his tail.Way of the Lawless
The little squirrel had squeaked his gladness, and, tail erect, had darted into the grass.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Her tail bristled a little as it curled at the tip like a snake.
Out of the tail of his eye he could see that the rest of the Council were startled.
- the female genitals
- a woman considered sexually (esp in the phrases piece of tail, bit of tail)
- the margin at the foot of a page
- the bottom edge of a book
Word Origin for tail
Word Origin for tail
"hindmost part of an animal," Old English tægl, tægel, from Proto-Germanic *tagla- (cf. Old High German zagal, German Zagel "tail," dialectal German Zagel "penis," Old Norse tagl "horse's tail"), from PIE *doklos, from root *dek- "something long and thin" (referring to such things as fringe, lock of hair, horsetail; cf. Old Irish dual "lock of hair," Sanskrit dasah "fringe, wick"). The primary sense, at least in Germanic, seems to have been "hairy tail," or just "tuft of hair," but already in Old English the word was applied to the hairless "tails" of worms, bees, etc. Another Old English word for "tail" was steort (see stark).
Meaning "reverse side of a coin" is from 1680s; that of "backside of a person, buttocks" is recorded from c.1300; slang sense of "pudenda" is from mid-14c.; that of "woman as sex object" is from 1933, earlier "prostitute" (1846). The tail-race (1776) is the part of a mill race below the wheel. To turn tail "take flight" (1580s) originally was a term in falconry. The image of the tail wagging the dog is attested from 1907.
"limitation of ownership," a legal term, early 14c. in Anglo-French; late 13c. in Anglo-Latin, in most cases a shortened form of entail.
"follow secretly," U.S. colloquial, 1907, is from earlier sense of "follow or drive cattle," from tail (n.1). Related: Tailed; tailing. Tail off "diminish" is attested from 1854.
In addition to the idioms beginning with tail
- tail between one's legs, with one's
- tail end
- tail off
- tail wagging the dog, the
- bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
- can't make head or tail of
- get off one's tail
- heads or tails
- in two shakes (of a lamb's tail)
- on someone's coattails
- tiger by the tail
- turn tail
- work one's fingers to the bone (tail off)