pig·​tail | \ˈpig-ˌtāl \

Definition of pigtail 

1 : tobacco in small twisted strands or rolls

2 : a tight braid of hair

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The children who found ways to stave off temptation—by singing songs or pulling pigtails—went on to have higher SAT scores and lower body-mass indexes than their ravenous peers. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Serena Williams on Motherhood, Marriage, and Making Her Comeback," 10 Jan. 2018 Tyra throws her hair into 90s pigtails and FaceTimes a stranger, Lauren, while pretending to be a dry cleaning service (#classic). Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Watch Tyra Banks Try 9 (Wacky) Things She's Never Done Before," 9 Jan. 2018 Wrap one pigtail over the crown of your head and pin in place, and leave the second dangling over one shoulder. Maureen Choi, Marie Claire, "What It's Like to Go Glamping at Firefly Music Festival," 16 June 2017 Steve was kind of like the kids in grade school and the boy pulling your pigtails. Jason Scott, Billboard, "'Car Wheels on a Gravel Road' Turns 20: Lucinda Williams & Producer Steve Earle Reflect on Her Masterpiece," 30 June 2018 Adam Garrison as Henry, the tech director in pigtails trying to design tech from a cow’s ear (no budget), delivers a dandy performance as well. Patti Restivo, Howard County Times, "Laurel Mill Playhouse presents 'Laughing Stock'," 6 July 2018 Don’t let the little red pigtails fool you, Wendy’s was among the most vicious after Monday’s less-than-sizzling announcement from the breakfast chain. David Selig, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Wendy’s grills IHOb over new burger promotion — and there were plenty of other Twitter burns," 11 June 2018 Nick Carter channeled Baby Spice in a pink dress and pigtails and Kevin Richardson channeled Posh Spice in a black jumpsuit and sunglasses. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "The Backstreet Boys dressed as the Spice Girls to celebrate 'girl power'," 9 May 2018 And the music video finds Anne-Marie donning Spears’s Catholic school-girl ensemble and pigtails and even playing puppet à la ‘NSYNC. Jeff Nelson, PEOPLE.com, "Pop Star Anne-Marie Channels Britney Spears, 'NSYNC in Nostalgia-Fueled '2002' Music Video," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of pigtail

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pig·​tail | \ˈpig-ˌtāl \

Kids Definition of pigtail

: a tight braid of hair

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