from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A strip of leather, paper, metal, or plastic attached to something or hung from a wearer's neck to identify, classify, or label: sale tags on all coats and dresses.
  • n. The plastic or metal tip at the end of a shoelace.
  • n. The contrastingly colored tip of an animal's tail.
  • n. Sports A bright piece of feather, floss, or tinsel surrounding the shank of the hook on a fishing fly.
  • n. A dirty, matted lock of wool.
  • n. A loose lock of hair.
  • n. A rag; a tatter.
  • n. A small, loose fragment: I heard only tags and snippets of what was being said.
  • n. An ornamental flourish, especially at the end of a signature.
  • n. A designation or an epithet, especially an unwelcome one: He did not take kindly to the tag of pauper.
  • n. A brief quotation used in a discourse to give it an air of erudition or authority: Shakespearean tags.
  • n. A cliché, saw, or similar short, conventional idea used to embellish a discourse: These tags of wit and wisdom bore me.
  • n. The refrain or last lines of a song or poem.
  • n. The closing lines of a speech in a play; a cue.
  • n. Computer Science A label assigned to identify data in memory.
  • n. Computer Science A sequence of characters in a markup language used to provide information, such as formatting specifications, about a document.
  • n. Slang A graffito featuring a word or words, especially the author's name, rather than a picture: "Instead of a cursive linear tag, Super Kool painted his name along the exterior of a subway car in huge block pink and yellow letters” ( Eric Scigliano).
  • transitive v. To label, identify, or recognize with or as if with a tag: I tagged him as a loser. See Synonyms at mark1.
  • transitive v. To put a ticket on (a motor vehicle) for a traffic or parking violation.
  • transitive v. To charge with a crime: The suspect was tagged for arson.
  • transitive v. To add as an appendage to: tagged an extra paragraph on the letter.
  • transitive v. To follow closely: Excited children tagged the circus parade to the end of its route.
  • transitive v. To cut the tags from (sheep).
  • transitive v. To add a taggant to: explosives that were tagged with coded microscopic bits of plastic.
  • transitive v. To mark or vandalize (a surface) with graffiti: tagged the subway walls.
  • intransitive v. To follow after; accompany: tagged after me everywhere; insisted on tagging along.
  • n. Games A children's game in which one player pursues the others until he or she is able to touch one of them, who then in turn becomes the pursuer.
  • n. Baseball The act of putting out a base runner who is not on a base by touching that player with the ball.
  • n. Sports The act of touching a player as a substitute for tackling in touch football.
  • transitive v. To touch (another player) in the game of tag.
  • transitive v. Baseball To touch (a base runner) with the ball in order to put that player out.
  • transitive v. Sports To touch (the runner) as a substitute for tackling in touch football.
  • tag up Baseball To return to and touch a base with one foot before running to the next base after a fielder has caught a fly ball.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small label.
  • n. A game played by two or more children in which one child (known as "it") attempts to catch one of the others, who then becomes "it".
  • n. A skin tag, an excrescence of skin.
  • n. A type of cardboard.
  • n. Graffiti in the form of a stylized signature particular to the person who makes the graffiti.
  • n. A dangling lock of sheep's wool, matted with dung; a dung tag.
  • n. An attribution in narrated dialogue (eg, "he said").
  • n. a vehicle number plate; a medal bearing identification data (animals, soldiers).
  • n. An instance of touching the baserunner with the ball or the ball in a gloved hand.
  • n. A piece of markup representing an element in a markup language.
  • n. A piece of text which is worded like an element of a markup language to provide context.
  • n. A keyword, term, or phrase associated with or assigned to data, media, and/or information enabling keyword-based classification; often used to categorize content.
  • v. To label (something).
  • v. To mark (something) with one’s tag.
  • v. To remove dung tags from a sheep.
  • v. To hit the ball hard.
  • v. To put a runner out by touching them with the ball or the ball in a gloved hand.
  • v. To mark with a tag (metadata for classification).
  • v. To follow closely, accompany, tag along.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any slight appendage, as to an article of dress; something slight hanging loosely; specifically, a direction card, or label.
  • n. A metallic binding, tube, or point, at the end of a string, or lace, to stiffen it.
  • n. The end, or catchword, of an actor's speech; cue.
  • n. Something mean and paltry; the rabble.
  • n. A sheep of the first year.
  • n. A child's play in which one runs after and touches another, and then runs away to avoid being touched.
  • intransitive v. To follow closely, as it were an appendage; -- often with after.
  • transitive v. To fit with, or as with, a tag or tags.
  • transitive v. To join; to fasten; to attach.
  • transitive v. To follow closely after; esp., to follow and touch in the game of tag. See Tag, a play.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To furnish with a tag of any kind; fix or append a tag or tags to.
  • To mark by or on a tag; designate or direct by means of a marked tag.
  • To fasten or join on by or as if by the use of tags; tack on, especially in the sense of adding something superfluous or undesirable.
  • To follow closely and persistently; dog the steps of: as, a dog tags its master.
  • To remove tags from (sheep)—that is, to cut off clotted tags or locks of wool in exposed places, preparatory to the removal of the sheep from winter quarters. See tagging.
  • To make or compose tags; tack things or ideas together.
  • To go along or about as a follower: as, to tag after a person; to tag behind a procession.
  • To touch or hit, as in the game of tag.
  • n. A point of metal or other hard substance at the end of a cord, string, lace, ribbon, strap, or the like; an aglet.
  • n. Hence, any pendant or appendage; a part or piece hanging loosely from the rest, as a flap, string, lock of hair, tail, or other appendage.
  • n. Specifically— A matted lock of wool on a sheep; a tag-lock. See tag, transitive verb, 5.
  • n. The tail of an animal; also, the tip of the tail.
  • n. A strip of leather, parchment, strong paper, or the like, loose at one end, and secured to a box, bag, or parcel, to receive a written address or label.
  • n. Anything hanging loosely or raggedly: used especially in contempt, as implying ragged or slovenly dress.
  • n. Something added or tacked on to the close of a composition or a performance; an extrinsic or explanatory supplement. In this use the envoy of a poem, the moral of a fable, or the appendix (but not properly the index) to a book is a tag; but the word is used technically of a closing speech or dialogue supplementary to a speech in a play, not necessary to its completeness, and often constituting a direct appeal to the audience for applause.
  • n. Collectively, the rabble; the lowest class of people, as closing the line of social rank, and forming as it were a string or tail: most commonly in the phrases tag and rag and rag-tag and bobtail or tag, rag, and bobtail. See ragtag and tag-rag.
  • n. In velvet-weaving, a wire used to raise the weft.
  • n. A children's game in which one player chases the others till he touches or hits (tags) one of them, who then takes his place as tagger.
  • n. A young sheep of the first year.

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

  • n. a small piece of cloth or paper
  • n. a label associated with something for the purpose of identification
  • v. go after with the intent to catch
  • v. touch a player while he is holding the ball
  • n. a game in which one child chases the others; the one who is caught becomes the next chaser
  • v. attach a tag or label to
  • n. a label written or printed on paper, cardboard, or plastic that is attached to something to indicate its owner, nature, price, etc.
  • v. supply (blank verse or prose) with rhymes
  • n. (sports) the act of touching a player in a game (which changes their status in the game)
  • v. provide with a name or nickname


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English tagge, dangling piece of cloth on a garment, possibly of Scandinavian origin.
Perhaps variant of Scots tig, touch, tap, probably alteration of Middle English tek.


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  • "Hey guys,

    Tag me, please.

    Jann, across the hall


    A post-it from an old neighbor in the apartment where I'm staying this week (Queens, NY).

    I've never heard or seen the verb tag used like this before. An you?

    June 23, 2015

  • The flock of definitions herein contains references to sheep.

    December 8, 2012

  • "tag" in Hungarian means: member

    August 1, 2012

  • Sorry Pro, guess I'm not photo-literate. It never crossed my mind to photograph the tag, and alas, it is no more. Maybe I can find one on the way out tomorrow.

    May 10, 2010

  • Thanks for the Obscure Airport Code, for my list of same, Comrade mollusque!

    May 7, 2010

  • Any picture, moll?

    May 7, 2010

  • I flew into Tagbilaran airport (Bohol, Philippines) a few days ago, and was delighted to find a TAG tag on my suitcase.

    May 7, 2010

  • You're It.

    December 16, 2008

  • John, you are so good. I was going to leave a question about tags on this page, but you preempted it. :)

    October 6, 2007

  • Just added a 'recent tags' page, where you can see the last 500 tags added to the site in either cloud or list form. Once you're there you can also set the number of tags visible to anywhere between 20 and 1000. It's linked from the bottom of every page. Another way to watch Wordie go by:

    October 6, 2007