- tailtail1 [tāl]n.[ME < OE tægel, akin to OHG zagel < IE base * dek̑-, to tear, tear off > Sans saśā, fringe]1.a) the rear end of an animal's body, esp. when forming a distinct, flexible appendage to the trunkb) such an appendage2. anything like an animal's tail in form or position [the tail of a shirt]3. a luminous train behind a comet or meteor4. the hind, bottom, last, or inferior part of anything5. [often pl.] the reverse side of a coin6. a long braid or tress of hair7. a train of followers or attendants; retinue8. the lower end of a pool or stream9.a) the rear or back section of an aircraftb) a set of stabilizing planes at the rear of an airplanec) the rear part of a rocket or missile☆ 10. [pl.]a) TAILCOATb) full-dress attire for men11. Informal a person or vehicle that follows another, esp. in surveillance12. Slang the buttocks13. [Vulgar Slang]a) sexual intercourse with a womanb) a woman regarded as a sexual partner14. Printing the bottom of a page15. Prosody the short line or lines ending certain stanzas or verse formsadj.1. at the rear or rear end2. from the rear [a tail wind]vt.1. to provide with a tail2. to cut or detach the tail or taillike part from3. to form the tail or end of, as of a group or procession; be at the rear or end of4. to fasten or connect at or by the tail5. to fasten one end of (a brick, board, etc.) into a wall, etc.: with in or on☆ 6. Slang to follow stealthily; shadowvi.1. to straggle2. to become gradually smaller or fainter: with off or away3. to be fastened into a wall, etc. by one end: said of a brick or board☆ 4. Informal to follow close behind5. Naut. to go aground or be anchored stern foremost——————☆ on someone's tailfollowing or shadowing someone closely——————turn tailto run from danger, difficulty, hardship, etc.——————with one's tail between one's legsin defeat or in escape from expected defeat, esp. with fear or dejectiontaillessadj.taillikeadj.tail2 [tāl]n.[ME taile < OFr taille, a cutting < taillier: see TAILOR]ENTAIL (n. 2 & 3)adj.limited in a specific way, as to certain heirs or order of succession
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.