1. a short or docked tail.
  2. an animal with such a tail.


  1. Also bob·tailed. having a bobtail.
  2. cut short; docked; cropped.
  3. shorter or briefer than usual; abbreviated: Several legislative items must be dropped from the current bobtail session of Congress.

verb (used with object)

  1. to cut short the tail of; dock, often by cutting a muscle in a horse’s tail to make it stand erect.


  1. a docked or diminutive tail
  2. an animal with such a tail

adjective Also: bobtailed

  1. having the tail cut short

verb (tr)

  1. to dock the tail of
  2. to cut short; curtail
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