[ teyl-bawrd, -bohrd ]

  1. the tailgate, especially of a wagon or truck.

Origin of tailboard

First recorded in 1795–1805; tail1 + board

Words Nearby tailboard

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How to use tailboard in a sentence

  • There were about a dozen of us jammed into the coach, on the box seat and hanging on to the roof and tailboard as best we could.

    Over the Sliprails | Henry Lawson
  • The coachman had discovered his unlawful presence on the tailboard and had reached him with just the tip end of his whip.

    The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • She came to me out of the rolling dust of an emigrant wagon, behind whose tailboard she was gravely trotting.

  • Her eyes strayed from the tailboard of the wagon on which she stood, over the scene around her.

  • The kerosene lantern hanging over the tailboard cast its glow for no great distance.

British Dictionary definitions for tailboard


/ (ˈteɪlˌbɔːd) /

  1. a board at the rear of a lorry, wagon, etc, that can be removed or let down on a hinge

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