- 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
Can be confusedtail tale
Definition for tail (2 of 2)
Origin of tail2
Related formstail·less, adjective
Examples from the Web for 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|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We thought that Sonny was inspiring us and he was out there and responding and sweating and playing his tail off.
A bombing spate in Lebanon last year started to tail off in the winter.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Clive Irving|March 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The first thing Buddy did was to stoop and study attentively the dead snake, to see if the tail still wiggled.Cow-Country|B. M. Bower
Had it a tail it would be at a loss to know what to do with it in this position.The Western World|W.H.G. Kingston
The dog indicated, both by his eyes and his tail, that he perfectly understood his instructions.Tales of the Sun|Mrs. Howard Kingscote
Any one of them would have twisted the tail of the devil himself; but they were off Old Man Hooper.The Killer|Stewart Edward White
He had smelt the parson before, and wagged his tail faintly as he saw him.A Flat Iron for a Farthing|Juliana Horatia Ewing
British Dictionary definitions for tail (1 of 2)
- 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
Derived Formstailless, adjectivetaillessly, adverbtaillessness, nountail-like, adjective
Word Origin for tail
British Dictionary definitions for tail (2 of 2)
Derived Formstailless, adjective
Word Origin for tail
Medicine definitions for tail
Science definitions for tail
Idioms and Phrases with tail
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)