shirttail

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noun

shirt·​tail ˈshərt-ˌtāl How to pronounce shirttail (audio)
1
: the part of a shirt that reaches below the waist especially in the back
2
: something small or inadequate

shirttail

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adjective

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

Examples of shirttail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Its shirttail hem curves down in the front and back, and princess seams along the sides and back create a slimming, contoured effect. Kate Watson, Peoplemag, 24 Apr. 2024 Also available in a men’s cut, the Marmot Women’s Ridgefield Heavyweight Sherpa-Lined Flannel Jacket channels a lumberjack chic look with its relaxed fit and shirttail hem. Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 12 Dec. 2023 With a shirttail hem that falls below the hips and covers your backside, the intentionally large, extra-long cut is perfect for layering over shorter or more form-fitting shirts. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 26 Sep. 2023 Rather than a traditional shirttail, this button-down has a modern straight hem. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 26 Sep. 2023 Cutting off a shirttail has never improved anyone’s shooting, for one. The Editors, Field & Stream, 11 Oct. 2020 Amy Poehler say stuff and nodding and kind of just hanging on to her shirttail... Sarah Rodman, EW.com, 6 Oct. 2020 This is their go-to method for not doing homework, not putting their shirttail in. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, 8 Jan. 2020 And according to the Internet, hot girl summer is…none other than Tom Hanks wearing a cute bathing suit and a button-down with the shirttails tied at the waist. Samantha Leach, Glamour, 11 July 2019
Adjective
Ratched is a shirttail American Horror Story spinoff that owes a clear debt to that anthology’s transcendent Asylum entry. Darren Franich, EW.com, 14 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shirttail was in 1659

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“Shirttail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shirttail. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

shirttail

noun
shirt·​tail
-ˌtāl
: the part of a shirt that reaches below the waist especially in the back

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