Nearby words

  1. tailbone,
  2. tailcoat,
  3. tailed,
  4. tailed frog,
  5. tailfirst,
  6. tailgater,
  7. tailing,
  8. tailings,
  9. taille,
  10. tailleferre

Origin of tailgate

1
An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; tail1 + gate1

tailgate

2
[teyl-geyt]

noun Jazz.

a style of playing the trombone, especially in Dixieland jazz, distinguished especially by the use of melodic counterpoint and long glissandi.

Origin of tailgate

2
First recorded in 1945–50; so called from the usual seat of trombonists in trucks carrying musicians during a parade

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British Dictionary definitions for tailgate

tailgate

noun

another name for tailboard
a door at the rear of a hatchback vehicle

verb

to drive very close behind (a vehicle)
Derived Formstailgater, noun

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Word Origin and History for tailgate

tailgate

n.

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.

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