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Meaning of “tail” in the English Dictionary

"tail" in British English

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tailnoun [C]

uk   us   /teɪl/
  • tail noun [C] (ANIMAL)

B2 a ​part of an animal's ​body, ​sticking out from the ​base of the back, or something ​similar in ​shape or ​position: The ​dog waggedits tail ​excitedly.

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  • tail noun [C] (PERSON FOLLOWING)

informal someone who ​follows another ​person to ​discover where that ​person goes, what they do, etc.
  • tail noun [C] (COIN SIDE)

tails [U] the ​side of a ​coin that does not have a ​picture of someone's ​head on it
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  • tail noun [C] (JACKET)

tails [plural] a tailcoat
  • tail noun [C] (BOTTOM)

US tail someone's ​bottom: You've just got to get off ​your tail and ​startlooking for a ​job.
  • tail noun [C] (GRAMMAR)

specialized language a phrase that is ​placed at the end of a ​sentence and refers to something ​mentioned in the ​sentence
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tailverb [T]

uk   us   /teɪl/
(Definition of tail from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tail" in American English

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tailnoun [C]

 us   /teɪl/
  • tail noun [C] (BODY PART)

a ​part of the ​body of an ​animalattached to the ​base of the back, or something ​similar in ​shape or ​position: The ​doggreeted us, ​waggingits tail. The comet’s tail ​glowed in the ​nightsky.
  • tail noun [C] (PERSON WHO FOLLOWS)

infml someone who ​secretlyfollows and ​watches another ​person: Police put a tail on the ​suspect as he ​left the ​airport.

tailverb [T]

 us   /teɪl/ infml
  • tail verb [T] (FOLLOW)

to ​secretlyfollow and ​watch someone: FBIagents tailed him for a ​month.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of tail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “tail”
in Korean 꼬리…
in Arabic ذَيْل, ذَنَب…
in Malaysian ekor…
in French queue…
in Russian хвост, конец…
in Chinese (Traditional) 動物, 尾巴, 尾狀物…
in Italian coda…
in Turkish kuyruk, uç kısım…
in Polish ogon…
in Spanish cola…
in Vietnamese đuôi, phần đuôi…
in Portuguese rabo, cauda…
in Thai หาง (สัตว์), ส่วนท้าย (เครื่องบิน, เรือ)…
in German der Schwanz…
in Catalan cua…
in Japanese しっぽ, 尾…
in Chinese (Simplified) 动物, 尾巴, 尾状物…
in Indonesian ekor…
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