First recorded in 1500–10; wag + tail1 (Source: dictionary.com)
Definitions of Wagtail
- any of numerous small, chiefly Old World birds of the family Motacillidae, having a slender body with a long, narrow tail that is habitually wagged up and down.
- any of several similar birds, as the water thrushes of the genus Seiurus.
- any of various passerine songbirds of the genera Motacilla and Dendronanthus, of Eurasia and Africa, having a very long tail that wags when the bird walks: family Motacillidae
- A slender Eurasian and African songbird with a long tail that is frequently wagged up and down, typically living by water.
- : any of various chiefly Old World oscine birds (family Motacillidae) related to the pipits and having a long tail that they habitually jerk up and down
Example sentences for Wagtail
- The careless gesture reminded him of the matchless grace of the wagtail.
- Wagtail and Gelid had followed me on deck, and were now assisting their servants in putting the muskets in order.
- Wagtail, too, was soon 98 obliged to beat a retreat, but Gelid remained firm as a rock.
- The ceaseless wagging of a wagtail is a mere habit of cheerfulness, like the twirling of her thumbs by an idle Scotswoman.
- A dull-coloured bird like a wagtail in shape, but with a shorter tail, which it sometimes wags in a half-hearted manner.
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