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shirttail

noun shirt·tail \ ˈshərt-ˌtāl \
|Updated on: 2 Jul 2018

Definition of shirttail

1 : the part of a shirt that reaches below the waist especially in the back
2 : something small or inadequate

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First Known Use of shirttail

1809

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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shirttail

adjective

Definition of shirttail

1 : very young : immature
  • shirttail boys fishing in the creek
2 : distantly and indefinitely related
  • a shirttail cousin on her father's side
3 : small, trivial, or short typically to the point of inadequacy
  • has a gullied shirttail ranch in the hills

First Known Use of shirttail

1845

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SHIRTTAIL Defined for English Language Learners

shirttail

Definition of shirttail for English Language Learners

  • : the part of a shirt that hangs below the waist especially in the back



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