Definition of bobtail in English:

bobtail

Syllabification: bob·tail
Pronunciation: /ˈbäbˌtāl
 
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noun

A docked tail of a horse or dog.
More example sentences
  • Also, unlike cheetahs and lions (which have long tails that help provide balance when the animals run) Smilodon had a bobtail.

adjective

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Cut short; abbreviated: the bobtailed 1995 baseball season

Origin

mid 16th century: probably from bob2 + tail1. It was originally recorded as a humorous term for a kind of broad-headed arrow, probably because it looked as though it had been cut short.

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