tail·​end·​er ˈtāl-ˌen-dər How to pronounce tailender (audio)
: one positioned at the end or in last place
the tailenders in a race

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There's probably plenty of relief in the nation's capital that the season has arrived, even though Washington is expected to be a tailender. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, 12 Sep. 2020 But an incredible last stand by Ben Stokes -- who hit an amazing series of sixes -- and tailender Jack Leach took England to an unlikely win. Sarah Holt, CNN, 25 Aug. 2019 Roma, in fifth and targeting Champions League football next season, host tailenders Benevento in the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. Afp, chicagotribune.com, 10 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tailender was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Tailender.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailender. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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