[ treyl ]
/ treɪl /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. tragopan,
  2. tragus,
  3. traherne,
  4. traherne, thomas,
  5. traik,
  6. trail away,
  7. trail bike,
  8. trail boss,
  9. trail herd,
  10. trail man


    trail arms, Military.
    1. to hold a rifle in the right hand at an oblique angle, with the muzzle forward and the butt a few inches off the ground.
    2. a command to trail arms.

Origin of trail

1275–1325; Middle English trailen to draw or drag in the rear; compare Old English træglian to tear off; cognate with Middle Dutch traghelen to drag; akin to Latvian dragât to tear off, drag

3. trace, hunt. 16. diminish, shrink, dwindle. 22. See path. 23. spoor.

Related forms
Can be confusedtrail trial (see synonym study at trial) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for trailing


/ (ˈtreɪlɪŋ) /


(of a plant) having a long stem which spreads over the ground or hangs looselytrailing ivy


/ (treɪl) /



Derived Formstrail-less, adjective

Word Origin for trail

C14: from Old French trailler to draw, tow, from Vulgar Latin tragulāre (unattested), from Latin trāgula dragnet, from trahere to drag; compare Middle Dutch traghelen to drag

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Word Origin and History for trailing
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with trailing


see blaze a trail.

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