- a short tail, especially that of a hare, rabbit, or deer.
- a worthless, contemptible person.
- the short tail of animals such as the deer and rabbit
n.2term of contempt for a person, 1873, of unknown origin. n.1“short, erect tail” (of a rabbit, hare, deer, etc.), 1520s; earlier “a hare” (mid-15c.), perhaps from Old Norse skjota “to shoot (with a weapon), launch, push, shove quickly” (cf. Norwegian skudda “to shove, push”), from PIE *skeud- “to shoot, chase, throw” (see shoot (v.).