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tailgate

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noun tail·gate \ˈtāl-ˌgāt\

Definition of tailgate

  1. 1 :  a board or gate at the rear of a vehicle that can be removed or let down (as for loading)

  2. 2 [from the custom of seating trombonists at the rear of trucks carrying jazz bands in parades] :  a jazz trombone style marked by much use of slides to and from long sustained tones

1854

First Known Use of tailgate

1854


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tailgate

verb tail·gate

Definition of tailgate

tailgated

tailgating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to drive dangerously close behind another vehicle

  3. 2 :  to hold a tailgate picnic

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to drive dangerously close behind

tailgater

noun

Examples of tailgate in a sentence

  1. He hit the car in front of him because he was tailgating.

  2. They started tailgating at 10 o'clock.

1949

First Known Use of tailgate

1949


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tailgate

adjective tail·gate

Definition of tailgate

  1. :  relating to or being a picnic set up on the tailgate especially of a station wagon

1962

First Known Use of tailgate

1962



TAILGATE Defined for English Language Learners

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tailgate

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noun tail·gate \ˈtāl-ˌgāt\

Definition of tailgate for English Language Learners

  • : a door at the back of a vehicle (such as a station wagon or pickup truck) that opens downward and that can be lowered or removed to make it easier to load things into the vehicle


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tailgate

verb tail·gate

Definition of tailgate for English Language Learners

  • : to drive too closely behind another vehicle

  • : to have a tailgate party


TAILGATE Defined for Kids

tailgate

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noun tail·gate \ˈtāl-ˌgāt\

Definition of tailgate for Students

  1. :  a panel at the back end of a vehicle that can be lowered for loading and unloading


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