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noun Football.
  1. the offensive back who lines up farthest behind the line of scrimmage, as in a single wingback or double wingback formation.
  2. the position played by this back.

Origin of tailback

First recorded in 1935–40; tail1 + back1
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Related Words for tailback

halfback, tailback, fullback, slotback, wingback

British Dictionary definitions for tailback


  1. a queue of traffic stretching back from an obstruction
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