from The Century Dictionary.

  • In archery, gradually decreasing in diameter from the point to the nock: said of an arrow.
  • Having the tail cut short: as, “a bobtailed cur,”

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having the tail cut short, or naturally short; curtailed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of bobtail.
  • adjective Having a bobtail

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having a short or shortened tail


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  • "bobtailed" -- to be discharged or to be given a discharge without honor.

    Rhymes of the Rookies

  • 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.

  • The cars were little "bobtailed" receptacles, usually badly painted and more often than not in a desperate state of disrepair.

    The Age of Big Business; a chronicle of the captains of industry

  • "bobtailed" out of the ---- th, he had turned up at the old arsenal recruiting depot at St. Louis, clean-shaven, neat, deft-handed, helpful, to the end that an optimistic troop commander "took him on again," in the belief that a reform had indeed been inaugurated.

    An Apache Princess A Tale of the Indian Frontier

  • Sometimes fur hats, bobtailed coats, or dirty panamas.


  • I came home with three cats, two bobtailed sisters and a black-and-white.

    The Dirty Life

  • And as the bobtailed, long-necked chestnut, trying to get his head, jerked the left hand, covered by a thick dogskin glove, the doctor raised his voice over the hedge:

    Amy Foster

  • The Emperor, surrounded by his suite of officers and courtiers, was riding a bobtailed chestnut mare, a different one from that which he had ridden at the review, and bending to one side he gracefully held a gold lorgnette to his eyes and looked at a soldier who lay prone, with blood on his uncovered head.

    War and Peace

  • Tsarevo-Zaymishche he rode his light bay bobtailed ambler accompanied by his Guards, his bodyguard, his pages, and aides-de-camp.

    War and Peace

  • One in a black uniform with white plumes in his hat rode a bobtailed chestnut horse, the other who was in a white uniform rode a black one.

    War and Peace


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