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Noun: tail  teyl
  1. The posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body
     
  2. The time of the last part of something
    "the tail of the storm";
    - fag end, tail end
     
  3. Any projection that resembles the tail of an animal
    - tail end
     
  4. The fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
    "he deserves a good kick in the tail";
    - buttocks, nates, butt, backside, bum, buns [N. Amer], can [N. Amer, informal], fundament, hindquarters, hind end, posterior, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail end, tooshie, tush [N. Amer], bottom, behind, derriere, patootie [US], heinie [US], derrière
     
  5. A spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
    - shadow, shadower
     
  6. (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head
     
  7. The rear part of an aircraft
    - tail assembly, empennage
     
  8. The rear part of a ship
    - stern, after part, quarter, poop
     
  9. [vulgar] Obscene term for female genitals
     
  10. [vulgar] (informal) girls or women that are regarded as sexually desirable
    - totty [Brit], tottie [Brit]
     
  11. (statistics) the part of a distribution most distant from the mode
Verb: tail  teyl
  1. Go after with the intent to catch
    "The policeman tailed the mugger down the alley";
    - chase, chase after, trail, tag, give chase, dog, go after, track
     
  2. Remove or shorten the tail of an animal
    - dock, bob
     
  3. Remove the stalk of fruits or berries

Sounds like: tacky, takkie, t, tail, tale, tael

Derived forms: tailing, tails, tailed

Type of: appendage, back, body part, cut, end, ending, female genital organ, female genitalia, female genitals, follow, follower, outgrowth, pinch, process, projection, pursue, rear, reverse, spy, top, verso

Antonym: head

Part of: body, coin, craniate, fuselage, ship, torso, trunk, vertebrate

Encyclopedia: Tail