tag·​along | \ ˈta-gə-ˌlȯŋ How to pronounce tagalong (audio) \

Definition of tagalong

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that persistently and often annoyingly follows the lead of another

tag along

tagged along; tagging along; tags along

Definition of tag along (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to follow another's lead especially in going from one place to another

Examples of tagalong in a Sentence


His little sister was sometimes a tagalong on his outings with his friends.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But something about our tagalongs didn’t seem right. Maria Panaritis, Philly.com, "My child has never known his grandmom. But somehow he found her spring flower | Maria Panaritis," 30 May 2018 So despite his concerted efforts to highlight North Korea’s numerous offenses and push Moon to hold the hard line against Pyongyang, Pence seems to have been reduced to being a tagalong in yet another world leader’s entourage. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "Pence’s Anti-North Korea PR Campaign Bombs," 10 Feb. 2018 Rush continues to gain visibility following appearances in The Giver and Goosebumps, but her Prayer role as a helpless tagalong remains too underwritten to draw much attention. Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter, "‘The Hunter's Prayer’: Film Review," 9 June 2017 And following right behind it like a tagalong sibling is a second, smaller comet. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "Green Comet Will Pass Near Earth—With a Twin," 21 Mar. 2016 Up to age 9, kids were required to ride in a trailer, bike seat, or on a tandem or tagalong. Kathy Ceceri, WIRED, "New York’s Five Boro Bike Tour: We Hit the Road with 32,000 Happy Cyclists (Including Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson)," 9 May 2012

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1935, in the meaning defined above


1900, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tagalong

US : a person who follows or goes somewhere with another person or group often in an annoying way

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to take the place or position of

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