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noun, plural tax·is or tax·ies.
  1. a taxicab.
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verb (used without object), tax·ied, tax·i·ing or tax·y·ing.
  1. to ride or travel in a taxicab.
  2. (of an airplane) to move over the surface of the ground or water under its own power.
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verb (used with object), tax·ied, tax·i·ing or tax·y·ing.
  1. to cause (an airplane) to taxi.
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Origin of taxi

1905–10, Americanism; short for taxicab
Related formsun·tax·ied, adjective
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Related Words for taxied

give, move, dispatch, bring, carry, ship, find, transport, sell, cede, provide, supply, send, transmit, relocate, deliver, change, convert, shift, remove

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Historical Examples of taxied

  • He taxied quickly off, stopped on the floor nearby, and cut the ignition.

    The Pygmy Planet

    John Stewart Williamson

  • Descending to the water, Frank taxied up close to the other plane.

  • In a few seconds they were lost to sight as they taxied across the aerodrome.

  • Smith taxied across the airdrome and the plane was soon in the air.

    Bill Bruce on Forest Patrol

    Henry Harley Arnold

  • But then the Sky Wagon was down, and he taxied toward the control station.

    The Golden Skull

    John Blaine

British Dictionary definitions for taxied


noun plural taxis or taxies
  1. Also called: cab, taxicab a car, usually fitted with a taximeter, that may be hired, along with its driver, to carry passengers to any specified destination
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verb taxies, taxiing, taxying or taxied
  1. to cause (an aircraft) to move along the ground under its own power, esp before takeoff and after landing, or (of an aircraft) to move along the ground in this way
  2. (intr) to travel in a taxi
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Word Origin for taxi

C20: shortened from taximeter cab
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Word Origin and History for taxied



1911, from earlier slang use of taxi (n.) for "aircraft." Related: Taxied; taxiing.

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1907, shortening of taximeter cab (introduced in London in March 1907), from taximeter "automatic meter to record the distance and fare" (1898), from French taximètre, from German Taxameter (1890), coined from Medieval Latin taxa "tax, charge." An earlier English form was taxameter (1894), used in horse-drawn cabs. Taxi dancer "woman whose services may be hired at a dance hall" is recorded from 1930. Taxi squad in U.S. football is 1966, from a former Cleveland Browns owner who gave his reserves jobs with his taxicab company to keep them paid and available ["Dictionary of American Slang"], but other explanations (short-term hire or shuttling back and forth from the main team) seem possible.

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