bang·​tail ˈbaŋ-ˌtāl How to pronounce bangtail (audio)
US, dated slang : racehorse
That thoroughbred will leave the other bangtails standing still.The American Girl
: a detachable slip attached to the flap or back panel of an envelope
A bangtail is the perforated coupon attached to the body of a return envelope, which must be torn off before the envelope is sealed.The Times-Union (Albany, New York)

Word History


bangtail short tail

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bangtail was in 1887

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Cite this Entry

“Bangtail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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