duck·​tail | \ ˈdək-ˌtāl How to pronounce ducktail (audio) \

Definition of ducktail

: a hairstyle in which the hair on each side is slicked back to meet in a ridge at the back of the head

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Examples of ducktail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No ponytails, ducktails, rat-tails, male bun or puffballs shall be allowed on male students. Char Adams,, "Texas School Accused of Saying 4-Year-Old Boy with Long Hair Must Cut It or Identify as a Girl," 13 Sep. 2019 That includes a supercharger, a nitrous-oxide tank, rear ducktail spoiler, and even an assortment of license plates. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "No Mustang in Your Driveway? Put One Made from Lego on Your Desk," 22 Feb. 2019 Out back, the CLS53 sports a short ducktail spoiler and bold quad rear pipes integrated into the bumper, where the spoilerless CLS450 houses a pair of trapezoidal exhaust outlets. Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver, "2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-class / CLS53 AMG," 9 Mar. 2018 The photo shows a double-bubble roof, a large pedestal wing, a ducktail-style rear decklid, and pronounced rear shoulders. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "Toyota Teases Imminent Supra-Based Racing Concept," 13 Feb. 2018 With his ill-fitting suits, auburn ducktail hairdo and totally unexpected baritone voice, Rick Astley was destined to become a viral meme since before Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. Bryan Rolli, Billboard, "The 10 Most-Memed Songs of the 1980s (And Five More That Could Be Next)," 1 Feb. 2018 Either way, both young men are absolutely rocking that shellacked ducktail hair. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Stranger Things: 29 Callbacks, References, and Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed in Season 2," 27 Oct. 2017 That was for everyone in the fight to resurrect ducktails from the urban haircut cemetery. Marcus Thompson Ii, The Mercury News, "JaVale McGee disarms critics as Warriors squash Portland in Game 2," 19 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of ducktail

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ducktail

from its resemblance to the tail of a duck

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The first known use of ducktail was in 1948

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“Ducktail.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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