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Meaning & Definition of Tail in English

English

Tail

/tel/

noun

1. The posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body

    synonym:
  • tail

2. The time of the last part of something

  • "The fag end of this crisis-ridden century"
  • "The tail of the storm"
    synonym:
  • fag end
  • ,
  • tail
  • ,
  • tail end

3. Any projection that resembles the tail of an animal

    synonym:
  • tail
  • ,
  • tail end

4. The fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

  • "He deserves a good kick in the butt"
  • "Are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
    synonym:
  • buttocks
  • ,
  • nates
  • ,
  • arse
  • ,
  • butt
  • ,
  • backside
  • ,
  • bum
  • ,
  • buns
  • ,
  • can
  • ,
  • fundament
  • ,
  • hindquarters
  • ,
  • hind end
  • ,
  • keister
  • ,
  • posterior
  • ,
  • prat
  • ,
  • rear
  • ,
  • rear end
  • ,
  • rump
  • ,
  • stern
  • ,
  • seat
  • ,
  • tail
  • ,
  • tail end
  • ,
  • tooshie
  • ,
  • tush
  • ,
  • bottom
  • ,
  • behind
  • ,
  • derriere
  • ,
  • fanny
  • ,
  • ass

5. A spy employed to follow someone and report their movements

    synonym:
  • tail
  • ,
  • shadow
  • ,
  • shadower

6. (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head

    synonym:
  • tail

7. The rear part of an aircraft

    synonym:
  • tail
  • ,
  • tail assembly
  • ,
  • empennage

8. The rear part of a ship

    synonym:
  • stern
  • ,
  • after part
  • ,
  • quarter
  • ,
  • poop
  • ,
  • tail

verb

1. Go after with the intent to catch

  • "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"
  • "The dog chased the rabbit"
    synonym:
  • chase
  • ,
  • chase after
  • ,
  • trail
  • ,
  • tail
  • ,
  • tag
  • ,
  • give chase
  • ,
  • dog
  • ,
  • go after
  • ,
  • track

2. Remove or shorten the tail of an animal

    synonym:
  • dock
  • ,
  • tail
  • ,
  • bob

3. Remove the stalk of fruits or berries

    synonym:
  • tail

Examples of using

I saw a whale tail today.
The fish swims by moving its tail.
In the cemetery, there is a statue of a snake biting its own tail.