Translation of "tail" - English-French dictionary


noun /teil/

the part of an animal, bird or fish that sticks out behind the rest of its body

The dog wagged its tail
A fish swims by moving its tail.

anything which has a similar function or position

the tail of an aeroplane/comet.

having a (certain size, type etc of) tail

à (la) queue (…)
a black-tailed duck
a long-tailed dog.
tails noun, adverb

(on) the side of a coin that does not have the head of the sovereign etc on it

He tossed the coin and it came up tails.
tail-end noun

the very end or last part

the tail-end of the procession.
tail light noun

the (usually red) light on the back of a car, train etc

feu arrière
He followed the tail lights of the bus.

a wind coming from behind

vent arrière
We sailed home with a tailwind.
tail off

to become fewer, smaller or weaker (at the end)

His interest tailed off towards the end of the film.

(also tail away) (of voices etc) to become quieter or silent

se taire peu à peu
His voice tailed away into silence.

(Translation of “tail” from the PASSWORD English–French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)