Synonyms of tail in English:

tail


See definition of tail

noun

1‘the dog's tail began to wag frantically’

SYNONYMS

hindmost part, back end, appendage

brush, scut, dock

tailpiece, tail feathers

hind part, hindquarters

technical cauda, uropygium

ANTONYMS

front, head

2‘new items are added on to the tail of the queue’

SYNONYMS

rear, end, back, extremity, conclusion

bottom, lowest part

British informal fag end

ANTONYMS

head, front

3‘the tail of the hunting season’

SYNONYMS

close, end, conclusion, termination, tail end

ANTONYMS

beginning, start

4‘I can't put a tail on him, I don't know where he's gone’

SYNONYMS

detective, investigator, private investigator, shadow

informal sleuth, private eye, tec

North American informal gumshoe, bogey, dick, private dick, shamus

5‘the coach kicked Ryan in his tail’


verb

1‘a flock of paparazzi had tailed them all over London’

SYNONYMS

follow, shadow, stalk, trail, track, hunt, hound, dog, trace, pursue, chase, give chase to, run after, keep under surveillance


Phrases

    on someone's tail

      ‘a police car stayed on his tail for half a mile’

      SYNONYMS

      close behind someone, following someone closely, tailing someone

    turn tail

      ‘I was so shocked I just turned tail and ran home as fast as I could’

      SYNONYMS

      run away, flee, bolt, make off, take to one's heels, show someone a clean pair of heels, cut and run, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat

      informal

      scram, scarper, skedaddle, vamoose

      ANTONYMS

      stand one's ground

    tail back

      ‘traffic tailed back fourteen miles’

      SYNONYMS

      become congested, form a tailback, jam

    tail off/away

      ‘the old lady's voice tailed off’

      SYNONYMS

      fade, wane, ebb, dwindle, decrease, lessen, get less, diminish, decline, subside, abate, drop off, drop away, fall away, peter out, taper off

      let up, ease off, die away, die out, die down, go into decline, waste away, recede, relent, desist, weaken, come to an end

      ANTONYMS

      increase, get more intense