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Definition of the noun tailgate

What does tailgate mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: tailgates

  1. a gate at the rear of a vehicle; can be lowered for loading

Alternative definition of the noun tailgate


  1. A hinged board or hatch at the rear of a vehicle that can be lowered for loading and unloading; a tailboard.
  2. [British] The hinged rear door of a hatchback.
  3. Either of the downstream gates in a canal lock. [rfex]

Definition of the verb tailgate

What does tailgate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: tailgated | tailgating | tailgates

  1. follow at a dangerously close distance
    • examples: it is dangerous to tailgate another vehicle | These cars won't tailgate
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: follow = to travel behind, go after, come after

Alternative definition of the verb tailgate


  1. [automotive] To drive dangerously close behind another vehicle
  2. To follow another person through access control on their access, rather than on one’s own credentials. Especially when entering a door controlled by a card reader.
  3. [finance] [qualifier, of a broker] To privately purchase or sell a security immediately after trading in the same security for a client.


tailGate is a musical group.


Tailgate is a fictional character in the various Transformers universes.


  1. "Tailgate" is the first studio album by the American country music group Trailer Choir. It was released on July 6, 2010 via Show Dog-Universal Music. The album includes the single "Shakin' That Tailgate," as well as the songs "Rockin' the Beer Gut" and "Rollin' Through the Sunshine," previously released as singles from the trio's 2009 EP Off the Hillbilly Hook. The tracks "Off the Hillbilly Hook," "In My Next 5 Beers" and "Last Man Standing" were previously included on that EP as well.
    • genre: Country
    • released on (5 years ago)
  2. "Tailgate" is a musical single of Deathwish.
    • released in (23 years ago)

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Google previewOut West (1903)

by Charles Fletcher Lummis

The Captain's Tailgate is the very last of ...

Google previewAmerican Blacksmith and Motor Shop (1913)

The tailgate is a thoroughly sound piece of hardwood. It is hinged to the rear bottom crosspiece by means of hangers. These are made of Y% by 34- inch iron. Eyebolts on the cross- piece are so placed as to allow a square-headed rod to go ...

Google previewThe American Blacksmith (1913)

A Practical Journal of Blacksmithing and Wagonmaking

The tailgate is a thorbughly sound piece of hardwood. It is hinged to the rear bottom crosspiece by means of hangers. These are made of % by Minch iron. Eyebolts on the crosspiece are so placed as to allow a square-headed rod -to go ...

Google preview100 Things Steelers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (2013)

by Matt Loede

A proper tailgate is a great way to get your NFL Sunday at Heinz Field started.

Google previewUltimate Visual Dictionary (2017)

by DK

door glass Left-hand quarter glass Window Tailgate support washerjet Heating element Rear window contact Tailgate ...

Google previewContinuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World (2003)

VolumeII: Performance and Production by John Shepherd

TIM WISE Tailgating The phrase ' tailgate trombone' most probably originated around 1910 in New Orleans, although elements of the style associated with the term had earlier origins, going back ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of Modern Slang (2010)

by John Ayto, John Simpson

Taig tail-end Charlie tailgate tailor-made talent tank tankbuster tanked tanker tank town. Taig /teIg, ti:g/ noun Also Teague. offensive (In Northern Ireland) a Protestant name for a Catholic. 1971–. OBSERVER This week a new slogan appeared ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of American Political Slang (2006)

by Grant Barrett

Paulagate, Peanutgate, Plame-gate, Pornogate, Prisongate, Pulitzergate, Quakergate, Rashogate, rategate, Reagangate, Rebel- gate, Rowland-Gate, Scrantongate, sewergate, Sexgate, Slaughter- gate, Stalkergate, Stockmangate, tailgate, ...

Google previewThe Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz (2007)

by the late Leonard Feather, Ira Gitler

more by Jimmy Harrison and Jack Teagarden than by the early tailgate style. CDs: Riv.; w. Lil Hardin Armstrong (Riv.); Richard M. Jones; F. Henderson (Class.). WYNTERS, GAIL (Nancy Gail Shivel), voc; b. Ashland, KY, 2/ 17/42.

Google previewThe World's Encyclopedia of Wonders and Curiosities of Nature and Art, Science and Literature (1880)

Representing Anatomy, Physiology, Phrenology, Astronomy, Botany, Geology, Natural History, Ichthyology, Mythology, Ornithology, Meteorology, Mineralogy, Chemistry, Zoology, Entomology, Biography, Etc.; [etc., Etc.] by John Platts

Carolina Henrietta Tailgate. O God! whose mercies through the world abound, Whose power supports the King thy hand has crown'd, Waft o'er the main the Bride's transcendent charms, In safety to the Bridegroom's longing arms. Dorothea ...

Google previewThe Winston Simplified Dictionary (1919)

Including All the Words in Common Use Defined So that They Can be Easily Understood by William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer

until toll is paid; a tailgate ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: The Century dictionary ... prepared under the superintendence of William Dwight Whitney (1900)

by William Dwight Whitney, Benjamin Eli Smith

The two were picking near together, and throwing corn over the tailgate of the w on. E. gglatnm, The Graysons, mill. tail-grape (tal'grap), n. A plant of the anonaceous genus Artabotr s, which comprises sarmentose or climbin s rubs ...

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Scrabble value of T1A1I1L1G2A1T1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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