• WordNet 3.6
    • adj bobtail having a short or shortened tail "bobtail mare"
    • n bobtail large sheepdog with a profuse shaggy bluish-grey-and-white coat and short tail; believed to trace back to the Roman occupation of Britain
    • n bobtail a short or shortened tail of certain animals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bobtail An animal (as a horse or dog) with a short tail.
    • a Bobtail Bobtailed. "Bobtail cur."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bobtail A short tail, or a tail cut short.
    • n bobtail A contemptible fellow; a cur.
    • n bobtail Collectively, the rabble: used in contempt, most frequently in the phrase rag-tag and bobtail.
    • n bobtail A kind of short arrow-head.
    • n bobtail In poker, a four-card flush or straight.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bobtail bob′tāl a short or cut tail: a word applied in contempt to the rabble, as in 'tag-rag and bobtail.'—adj. Bob′tailed, with tail cut short.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Bob, + tail,


In literature:

I don't believe in being friends with the ragtag and bobtail of society.
"Luke Walton" by Horatio Alger
It's a bobtail, wide open in the middle.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
In the words of the game, popular hereabout, he is playing a bobtail!
"In Her Own Right" by John Reed Scott
The disgrace of being parent to a "bobtailed" and condemned criminal was as the bitterness of death.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
"Seek and Find" by Oliver Optic
Midsummer's Day moreover was the first of Bedford Fair, With Bedford Town's tag-rag and bobtail a-bowsing there.
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
This was a bobtailed crow, and he did not obey the word of command.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
I never saw so full a Court, so much nobility with academical tagrag and bobtail.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
The market place rang with the continuous drilling of the Bobtails.
"Seaport in Virginia" by Gay Montague Moore
For she certainly must be the biggest influence in gathering every rag, tag and bobtail child in the neighborhood.
"The Corner House Girls Growing Up" by Grace Brooks Hill

In news:

Hello Kitty fans might be the world's most spoiled travelers as the tourism industry seems determined to build a complete service chain out of that five-apple-tall bobtail cat.
Why the industry's iconic vehicle, the bobtail, is so unique and why it has gotten so much attention lately.
That's all it takes for a propane bobtail to veer slightly off the road and past the point of no return.
T he Hawaiian bobtail squid uses a family of unusual proteins to disguise itself from nocturnal predators.
Live-in doctor says singer terminally ill. BOBTAIL OWNER OPERATORS.