tailgate


tailgate

noun

  1. the board or gate at the back of a wagon, truck, station wagon, etc., which can be removed or let down for convenience in loading or unloading.

verb (used without object), tail·gat·ed, tail·gat·ing.

  1. to follow or drive hazardously close to the rear of another vehicle.

verb (used with object), tail·gat·ed, tail·gat·ing.

  1. to follow or drive hazardously close to the rear of (another vehicle).

adjective

  1. pertaining to or set up on a tailgate: a tailgate picnic before the football game.

noun Jazz.

  1. a style of playing the trombone, especially in Dixieland jazz, distinguished especially by the use of melodic counterpoint and long glissandi.

noun

  1. another name for tailboard
  2. a door at the rear of a hatchback vehicle

verb

  1. to drive very close behind (a vehicle)

n.1868, back panel on a wagon, hinged to swing down and open, from tail (n.) + gate (n.). Extended by 1950 to hatchback door on an automobile. The verb meaning “to drive too close behind another vehicle” is from 1951; tailgate party “party or picnic at the open tail-gate of a parked car” is attested from 1961.

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