Synonyms for tail

Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : teyl
Phonetic Transcription : teɪl

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Définition of tail

Origin :
  • "hindmost part of an animal," Old English tægl, tægel, from Proto-Germanic *tagla- (cf. Old High German zagal, German Zagel "tail," dialectal German Zagel "penis," Old Norse tagl "horse's tail"), from PIE *doklos, from root *dek- "something long and thin" (referring to such things as fringe, lock of hair, horsetail; cf. Old Irish dual "lock of hair," Sanskrit dasah "fringe, wick"). The primary sense, at least in Germanic, seems to have been "hairy tail," or just "tuft of hair," but already in Old English the word was applied to the hairless "tails" of worms, bees, etc. Another Old English word for "tail" was steort (see stark).
  • Meaning "reverse side of a coin" is from 1680s; that of "backside of a person, buttocks" is recorded from c.1300; slang sense of "pudenda" is from mid-14c.; that of "woman as sex object" is from 1933, earlier "prostitute" (1846). The tail-race (1776) is the part of a mill race below the wheel. To turn tail "take flight" (1580s) originally was a term in falconry. The image of the tail wagging the dog is attested from 1907.
  • noun end piece, part
  • verb follow
Example sentences :
  • He sat still, just lifting the root of his tail as you stroked him.
  • Extract from : « Life and Death of Harriett Frean » by May Sinclair
  • He carried his head loftily, and there was a lordly flaunt to his tail.
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand
  • The little squirrel had squeaked his gladness, and, tail erect, had darted into the grass.
  • Extract from : « K » by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • For the rest, my brothers used to say that I was the tail and Ongyatasse wagged me.
  • Extract from : « The Trail Book » by Mary Austin
  • Her tail bristled a little as it curled at the tip like a snake.
  • Extract from : « The Trail Book » by Mary Austin
  • Out of the tail of his eye he could see that the rest of the Council were startled.
  • Extract from : « The Trail Book » by Mary Austin
  • The machine from elevator to tail plane bristles in original points.
  • Extract from : « Flying Machines » by W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • Bamboo is used in the construction of the body frame, and also for the frame of the tail.
  • Extract from : « Flying Machines » by W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • His tail was up, he was snorting loudly, and he headed straight for the hammock.
  • Extract from : « The Leopard Woman » by Stewart Edward White
  • I looked and saw a huge gray squirrel with a tail like a rabbit.
  • Extract from : « The Underdog » by F. Hopkinson Smith

Antonyms for tail

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