I. noun Date: 1809 1. the part of a shirt that reaches below the waist especially in the back 2. something small or inadequate II. adjective Date: 1845 1. very young ; immature <
shirttail boys fishing in the creek
2. distantly and indefinitely related <
a shirttail cousin on her father's side
3. small, trivial, or short typically to the point of inadequacy <
has a gullied shirttail ranch in the hills

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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