verb (used without object), tail·gat·ed, tail·gat·ing.
verb (used with object), tail·gat·ed, tail·gat·ing.
- tailed frog,
Origin of tailgate1
Origin of tailgate2
Examples from the Web for tailgate
Except for the unhappy expressions on their faces, they looked like they had settled in for a tailgate party.
A number of adults at the Tailgate Party are wearing orange T-shirts printed with the words “See You at the Pole Event Staff.”See You at the Pole: Church Youth Gatherings Raise Legal Questions|Katherine Stewart|January 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The truck was decades old, and it lacked a tailgate so the people in back were crammed together to avoid falling out.Adam Johnson Recalls North Korea: A Country with No Books|Adam Johnson|December 22, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Our cars will chide us if we tailgate and watch us as we drive and jolt us awake if are distracted or drifting off to sleep.
There was a tailgate lowered, forming a ramp; above it, the huge double doors opened on a cavern of blackness.Security|Poul William Anderson
On the tailgate was spread, three times a day, the jolly good meals that pioneer mothers knew how to cook.Strange Stories of the Great Valley|Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
The hounds were snapping furiously as they tried to leap over the tailgate.Collectivum|Mike Lewis
1868, back panel on a wagon, hinged to swing down and open, from tail (n.) + gate (n.). Extended by 1950 to hatchback door on an automobile. The verb meaning "to drive too close behind another vehicle" is from 1951; tailgate party "party or picnic at the open tail-gate of a parked car" is attested from 1961.