Definition of shirttail in English:

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shirttail

Pronunciation: /ˈSHər(t)tāl/

noun

(also shirttails)
The lower, typically curved, part of a shirt that comes below the waist.
Example sentences
  • They feature button down collars, center full button front, reinforced shoulder and armholes, shirt tail hem and wood-tone buttons.
  • Just knock the mud off the lens and wipe it clean with your dirty shirt tail.
  • I was lagging behind the tour group, busy being skeptical about everything until something happened that I couldn't disprove - someone tugged on my shirt tail.

adjective

(Of relatives) distantly related: if you checked back far enough, they were shirttail cousins of Curly’s parents
More example sentences
  • Not surprisingly, Louis spent a number of evenings with his shirttail relative in the makeshift studio hes had put together in his father-in-law's billiard room.
  • Unless you're a shirttail relative of a member of the cast or crew, find a homeless shelter where you can volunteer for an hour and a half instead.

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Syllabification: shirt·tail

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