verb (used without object), tail·gat·ed, tail·gat·ing.
verb (used with object), tail·gat·ed, tail·gat·ing.
Definition for tailgate (2 of 2)
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
British Dictionary definitions for tailgate
Word Origin and History for tailgate
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.