- tag [tag]n.[ME tagge, prob. < Scand, as in Swed tagg, a point, spike, Norw, a point; akin to Ger zacke, a point, jag: see TACK]1. Archaic a hanging end or rag, as on a torn skirt2. any small part or piece hanging from or loosely attached to the main piece3. a hard-tipped end, as of metal, on a cord or lace, to give stiffness for drawing through holes; aglet4. a piece of bright material tied next to the fly on a fishhook☆ 5. a card, ticket, plastic marker, etc. tied or attached to something as a label or worn as identification, etc. [a price tag, a name tag]6. an epithet or sobriquet7.a) an ornamental, instructive, or strikingly effective ending for a speech, story, etc.b) a short, familiar quotation, esp. when used as such an ending8. TAG LINE9. the last part of any proceeding10. a loop on a garment for hanging it up, or on a boot for pulling it on11. a flourish or decorative stroke in writing12.a) a lock of hairb) a matted lock of wool13. a children's game in which one player, called “it,” chases the others with the object of touching, or tagging, one of them and making that one “it” in turn14. a tiny amount of radioactive isotope incorporated into a compound so that it can be readily traced through a chemical reaction, physiological cycle, etc.15. Obs. the rabble: cf. RAGTAG16. Baseball the act of taggingvt.tagged, tagging1. to provide with a tag; fasten a tag to; label2. to identify by an epithet3. to choose or select4. to end (a speech, story, etc.) with a tag☆ 5. to overtake and touch in or as in the game of tag☆ 6. to print (a postage stamp) with luminescent ink so that ultraviolet light can locate the stamp for cancellation and sorting: chiefly in the past participle7. Informal to strike or hit hard8. Informal to follow close behind☆ 9. Informala) to put a parking ticket on (a vehicle)b) to charge with lawbreaking [he was tagged for speeding ]☆ 10. Baseball to touch (a base runner) with the ball or to touch (a base) with the ball or while holding the ball, with the aim of putting the runner outvi.Informal to follow close behind a person or thing: usually with along, after, etc.——————☆ tag upBaseball to return to the base and touch it before taking another lead or running: said of a base runnertaggern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.