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[teyl-bawrd, -bohrd]
  1. the tailgate, especially of a wagon or truck.
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Origin of tailboard

First recorded in 1795–1805; tail1 + board
Also called endgate.
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Examples from the Web for tailboard

Historical Examples of tailboard

  • The trap was a leaf, acting as a sort of tailboard to the wagon.

    Incidents of the War: Humorous, Pathetic, and Descriptive

    Alf Burnett

  • Then, as the tailboard of the wagon swung past him, he reached out and grabbed it.

  • Mike tied his horse to the tailboard of a wagon and approached the woodcutters.

  • "The tailboard of the waggon is gone, Miss," said the waggoner.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for tailboard


  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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