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Definition of "bobtail" [bob•tail]

  • A short or shortened tail. (noun)
  • An animal, such as a horse, having a short or shortened tail. (noun)
  • Something that has been cut short or abbreviated. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bobtail" in a sentence
  • "Finally, Mrs. Carrillo cleared things up for me, and this is what a bob-tail is in the Jingle Bells song: A bobtail is a shorted tail of a horse, dog or sheep."
  • "Since he hasn't been home in Texas since January 1, this -- the "bobtail" of a truck based in New Jersey -- is JB's world."
  • "And the word "bobtail" has caused much confusion - in that I had absolutely no idea what a bobtail was."