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noun,plural tax·is or tax·ies.
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.

verb (used with object),tax·ied, tax·i·ing or tax·y·ing.
  1. to cause (an airplane) to taxi.

Origin of taxi

1905–10, Americanism; short for taxicab

Other words from taxi

  • un·tax·ied, adjective

Other definitions for taxi- (2 of 2)


  1. variant of taxo-: taxidermy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use taxi in a sentence

  • The amphibian was taxiing slowly through the water, its nose pointed directly toward the beach.

    The Missing Formula | Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
  • Meanwhile I might inquire where was Mrs. Spencer's shadow while she was taxiing up the avenue?

  • The roar of the motor is deafening as the big bird of the air goes taxiing across the earth.

    The Romance of Aircraft | Lawrence Yard Smith
  • They were about to despair when Madge noticed a black and red amphibian taxiing toward shore.

    The Deserted Yacht | Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
  • In a short time he was back on the water again, taxiing to the Spindrift beach.

British Dictionary definitions for taxi


/ (ˈtæksɪ) /

nounplural 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

verbtaxies, 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

Origin of taxi

C20: shortened from taximeter cab

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