1

shirttail

noun shirt·tail \ ˈshərt-ˌtāl \

Definition of shirttail

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

Recent Examples of shirttail from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shirttail.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of shirttail

1809


2

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


SHIRTTAIL Defined for English Language Learners

shirttail

noun

Definition of shirttail for English Language Learners

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up shirttail? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to make fruitful or productive

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu-jedi-training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!