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tag·​along ˈta-gə-ˌlȯŋ How to pronounce tagalong (audio)
: one that persistently and often annoyingly follows the lead of another

tag along

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tagged along; tagging along; tags along

intransitive verb

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

Examples of tagalong in a Sentence

Noun His little sister was sometimes a tagalong on his outings with his friends.
Recent Examples on the Web
While there is no official bed bug season, August through October often see an uptick in infestations as those summer tagalongs find new homes and head off to dorm rooms alongside college students. John Tufts, The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2024 Propelled by manic charisma, Ike careens around the New York City streets with Marty as his tagalong. Erin Qualey, Vulture, 12 Nov. 2021 The Muppet Movie chronicles Kermit the Frog's cross-country drive to Hollywood to pursue a career in show business, a trip dotted with original songs, tons of Muppet tagalongs, and an evil restauranteur with a burgeoning frog leg business. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 Mar. 2020 That bright tagalong is actually Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, 27 Oct. 2019 Celestial tagalongs Neptune has 14 known moons as of 2019. National Geographic, 28 Mar. 2019 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, 10 Feb. 2018 But something about our tagalongs didn’t seem right. Maria Panaritis, Philly.com, 30 May 2018
Between Thursday and Friday (April 5), 3.9 million more users tagged along. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2024 Beginners interested in refining this skill may want to tag along with a more experienced auditory birder. Safak Timur Ivor Prickett, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2024 More:Friend won’t let bestie be the other woman More:Partner wants to tag along on business trip Two weeks ago, Tony lowered the boom. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 23 Mar. 2024 Hemmer was invited to tag along for a portion of this year's operation and travel to the Arctic, where the Fox News host saw the work the U.S. Navy does in the region firsthand. Michael Lee, Fox News, 18 Mar. 2024 Taking it a step further, Dark figures that by inviting the kid to tag along for 24 hours, maybe Orion will be able to fall sleep without so much screaming in the future. Peter Debruge, Variety, 1 Feb. 2024 With those gigs often lasting a couple of days and Church being a single parent, Velez would sometimes have to tag along. Journal Sentinel, 5 Mar. 2024 Viewers joined them on date nights, tagged along on their coast-to-coast move, and even shared the intimate experience of their son’s home birth. Ebony Flake, Essence, 15 Feb. 2024 Share your thoughts, and the right people will tag along. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 18 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1935, in the meaning defined above


1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tagalong was in 1900

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“Tagalong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tagalong. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
tag·​along ˈtag-ə-ˌlȯŋ How to pronounce tagalong (audio)
: one that tags along

tag along

2 of 2 verb
: to follow another's lead especially in going from one place to another
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