Tail - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |teɪl|  American pronunciation of the word tail
Brit.  |teɪl|  British pronunciation of the word tail
- the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body
- the time of the last part of something
- any projection that resembles the tail of an animal
- the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on (syn: arse, ass, backside, behind, bottom, bum, butt, buttocks, can, fanny, fundament, hindquarters, nates, posterior, prat, rear, rump, seat, stern, tush)
- a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements (syn: shadow, shadower)
- (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head
- the rear part of an aircraft (syn: empennage)
- the rear part of a ship (syn: poop, quarter, stern)


- go after with the intent to catch (syn: chase, dog, tag, track, trail)
- remove or shorten the tail of an animal (syn: bob, dock)
- remove the stalk of fruits or berries


The police had been tailing the suspect for several miles.

She is constantly tailed by the press.

The pitch tailed away from the batter.

He checked behind. No tail.

The boat which is to tail the procession.

The dog wagged its tail.

We saw the tail of the procession disappearing round the corner.

The police have been tailing him for several months.

Traffic tailed back for 25 miles when the road was blocked by an accident.

You can't tail after me all day, find something of your own to do!

The cat will scratch you if you keep pulling its tail.

The whale measures 40 feet from nose to tail.

The tail curves over the dog's back.

The dog's tail has a slight curve.

The dog tucked its tail between its legs and slinked away.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: tail
he/she/it: tails
present participle: tailing
past tense: tailed
past participle: tailed
singular: tail
plural: tails
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