- tail coat.
- the tapering skirts or ends at the back of a coat, especially a tail coat.
- men's full-dress attire.
- Distilling. alcohol obtained in the final distillation.Compare head (def. 22).
- sexual intercourse.
- Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a woman considered as a sex object.
Idioms about tail
- 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
usage note for tail
OTHER WORDS FROM tail
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tailtail , tale
Other definitions for tail (2 of 2)
Origin of tail2
OTHER WORDS FROM tailtailless, adjective
How to use tail in a sentence
The collection, set to hit stores in September, will also see select items sold globally through luxury e-tailer NET-A-PORTER.‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Acknowledges 'GQ' Photoshop; Joseph Altuzarra Tapped as Next Target Collection Fashion Designer|The Fashion Beast Team|May 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the huge e-tailer is preparing to offer expensive art for sale online.Amazon to Start Selling Fine Art On Line|CNBC|July 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Susan Lyne, CEO, Gilt Groupe Susan Lyne was named CEO of luxury goods e-tailer Gilt Groupe in 2008.Women in the World Speakers|The Daily Beast|March 8, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Every Shirt-tailer was sighting as though for a sharp-shooter's medal—carefully, deliberately.The Code of the Mountains|Charles Neville Buck
The office of lieutenant-governor was his until 1730, when he was succeeded by Lieutenant-governor Tailer.Historic Homes|Mary H. Northend
I knew Mr. Tailer, and am pleased in cherishing recollections of him.
Yet at that work he had been a menial; it involved no transom-born thrills, no street-corner tailer's suspense.Never-Fail Blake|Arthur Stringer
This branch of the subject is dealt with completely, and with experienced competency, by Mr. Tailer in the next chapter.Riding and Driving|Edward L. Anderson
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 forms of tailtailless, adjectivetaillessly, adverbtaillessness, nountail-like, adjective
Word Origin for tail
British Dictionary definitions for tail (2 of 2)
Derived forms of tailtailless, adjective
Word Origin for tail
Scientific definitions for tail
Other 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)