tail

tail(
teyl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
1. (animal anatomy)
a. la cola
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
Your dog wags his tail because he's happy.Tu perro mueve la cola porque está contento.
b. el rabo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
Cows swat flies with their tails.Las vacas matan moscas con el rabo.
2. (rear)
a. la cola
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
The tail of a comet is the trail of debris left behind it.La cola de un cometa es el rastro de restos que queda tras de sí.
b. el faldón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
(of shirt)
Sean tucked his shirt tail into his pants.Sean metió el faldón de la camisa dentro de su pantalón.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(anatomy)
a. el trasero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
My tail hurts because I went to the gym yesterday.Me duele el trasero porque ayer fui al gimnasio.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(spy)
a. la sombra
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
I need a tail to follow the suspect.Necesito una sombra que siga a la sospechosa.
5.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(sexual intercourse)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el sexo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
I'm just looking for tail, not a relationship.Solo quiero sexo, no una relación.
6.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(woman)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la tipa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I'm going to go buy that tail a drink.Voy a invitarle a un trago a esa tipa.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
7. (to follow)
a. seguir
Alice noticed she was being tailed, so she tried to blend in with the crowd.Alice se dio cuenta de que alguien la seguía, así que intentó mezclarse entre la multitud.
tails
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
8. (clothing)
a. el frac
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
You've got to wear tails to the awards ceremony.Tienes que llevar un frac a la ceremonia de premiación.
9. (back of a coin)
a. la cruz
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
If it's tails, you have to clean the living room.Si sale cruz, tienes que limpiar la sala.
b. el sol
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Let's flip a coin to decide. Head or tails?Tiramos una moneda para decidir. ¿Águila o sol?
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tail
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (of bird, fish, plane)
a. la cola
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
2. (of mammal, reptile)
a. la rabo m, cola
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
3. (of shirt)
a. el faldón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
tailscruz f
tails, tail coatfrac m
4. (idioms)
a.
with his tail between his legscon el rabo entre las piernas
5. (colloquial)
a.
to put a tail on somebodyponerle a alguien un vigilante que le sigue a todas partes
6. (colloquial)
a.
to turn tailsalir corriendo or
tail endfinal m
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
7. (colloquial)
a. seguir a todas partes (follow)
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tail [teɪl]
noun
1 [of bird, horse, fish, plane] cola (f); [of dog, bull, ox] cola (f); rabo (m); [of comet] cabellera (f); cola (f); [of shirt] faldón (m); [of procession] cola (f); tramo (m) final; (loose end) cabo (m); [of hair] mechón (m)
to turn tail
to turn tail (and flee) huir
he went off with his tail between his legs se fue con el rabo entre las piernas
it's a case of the tail wagging the dog es el mundo al revés
To avoid the impression of the tail wagging the dog, the Chancellor cannot be seen bending to the wishes of a minority party The tests will no longer measure the child's ability. Results will be all that matters, schools will teach for the tests, the tail will wag the dog How much should the presentation of policy shape the policy itself? Or, as I heard too many disgruntled civil servants complain, how much should the tail wag the dog? At times, the relationship between my penis and the rest of my body might appear to be a classic case of the tail wagging the dog
2 tails (coat) frac (m); [of coin] cruz (f)
heads or tails cara o cruz; tails you lose si sale cruz pierdes
3 (buttocks) trasero (m)
to work one's tail off sudar tinta (informal)
4 (person following) sombra (f)
to put a tail on sb hacer seguir a algn
5 (US) (girls) tipas (informal) (f); tías (f) (informal); (Esp)
a piece of tail una tipa (informal); una tía (informal); (Esp)
transitive verb
(follow) seguirle la pista a
modifier
tail end (n) [of procession, queue] cola (f); tramo (m) final; [of party, storm] final (m)
at the tail end of the summer en los últimos días del verano
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