noun, plural tax·is or tax·ies.
- a taxicab.
verb (used without object), tax·ied, tax·i·ing or tax·y·ing.
- to ride or travel in a taxicab.
- (of an airplane) to move over the surface of the ground or water under its own power.
verb (used with object), tax·ied, tax·i·ing or tax·y·ing.
- to cause (an airplane) to taxi.
noun plural taxis or taxies
- Also called: cab, taxicab a car, usually fitted with a taximeter, that may be hired, along with its driver, to carry passengers to any specified destination
verb taxies, taxiing, taxying or taxied
- to cause (an aircraft) to move along the ground under its own power, esp before takeoff and after landing, or (of an aircraft) to move along the ground in this way
- (intr) to travel in a taxi
v.1911, from earlier slang use of taxi (n.) for “aircraft.” Related: Taxied; taxiing. n.1907, shortening of taximeter cab (introduced in London in March 1907), from taximeter “automatic meter to record the distance and fare” (1898), from French taximètre, from German Taxameter (1890), coined from Medieval Latin taxa “tax, charge.” An earlier English form was taxameter (1894), used in horse-drawn cabs. Taxi dancer “woman whose services may be hired at a dance hall” is recorded from 1930. Taxi squad in U.S. football is 1966, from a former Cleveland Browns owner who gave his reserves jobs with his taxicab company to keep them paid and available [“Dictionary of American Slang”], but other explanations (short-term hire or shuttling back and forth from the main team) seem possible.