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Definition of the noun tailback

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noun - plural: tailbacks

  1. (American football) the person who plays tailback
  2. (American football) the position of the offensive back on a football team who lines up farthest from the line of scrimmage
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: back = the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
    • member of: eleven / football team = a team that plays football

Alternative definition of the noun tailback


  1. A line of motor vehicles caught up in traffic congestion; a traffic jam

Specialised definition of the noun tailback

Glossary of sports

a long line of cars held up by roadwork's, an accident, etc. (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / American football

a running back who lines up behind a fullback (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)


Tailback a.k.a. Halfback: A halfback is the holder of an offensive position in American football whose duties involve lining up in the backfield and carrying the ball on most running plays in formations such as the veer variant of the wishbone. When the principal ball carrier lines up deep in the backfield, and especially when that player is placed behind another player, as in the I formation, that player is instead referred to as a tailback, Historically, from the 1870s through the 1950s, the halfback position was both an offensive and defensive position. In the related sport of Canadian football, halfback is usually a defensive rather than offensive position since the 1980s, though used to also refer to an offensive position similar to a slotback that could line up off the tight end or behind the quarterback.

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Google previewT, UVWXYZ Versability (2016)

by Roger J. Maderia

A tailback is a running back in football. A tackler makes a tackle to bring him down. A tumbler does tumbles in acrobatics. A twit is often seen as a clown.

Google previewPrinceton Alumni Weekly (1957)

Singlewing designations have been used for the backfield; for the record, the tailback is the left half and the wingback the right half. THE OPPOSITION Pre- season estimates have it that only two of the eight Ivies will enter the second formal ...

Google previewColour Oxford English Dictionary (2011)

by Oxford Dictionaries,

tailback noun Brit. a long queue of stationary traffic. tailcoat noun Brit. a man's formal jacket with a long skirt divided at the back into tails and cut away in front. tailgate noun 1 a hinged flap at the back ...

Google previewThe Complete Uxbridge English Dictionary (2016)

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue by Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Jon Naismith

Tt Tabby A big church in Yorkshire Tadpole Ever so slightly Polish Taffeta * A Welsh goat's cheese *A cannibal with a preference for Welsh people * Diolchyn fawr Tailback Post-operative Manx cat Tall What's near the front door in Yorkshire sig ...

Google previewThe USA Today College Football Encyclopedia (2009)

by Bob Boyles, Paul Guido

Look no further than the 1979 backfield: future Heisman-winning tailback Marcus Allen then labored as a blocking fullback for Heisman-winning tailback...

Google previewPaperback Oxford English Dictionary (2012)

by Oxford Dictionaries,, Maurice Waite

tailback n. Brit. a long queue of traffic extending ...

Google previewThe Chambers Crossword Dictionary, 3rd edition (2012)

by Chambers,

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Video shows what tailback means. A line of motor vehicles caught up in traffic congestion, a traffic jam. Tailback Meaning. How to pronounce, definition audio ...

Scrabble value of T1A1I1L1B3A1C3K5

The value of this 8-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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