(noun) (sports) the act of touching a player in a game (which changes their status in the game)


(noun) a game in which one child chases the others; the one who is caught becomes the next chaser

rag, shred, tag, tag end, tatter

(noun) a small piece of cloth or paper

tag, ticket

(noun) a label written or printed on paper, cardboard, or plastic that is attached to something to indicate its owner, nature, price, etc.


(noun) a label associated with something for the purpose of identification; “semantic tags were attached in order to identify different meanings of the word”


(verb) provide with a name or nickname

tag, label, mark

(verb) attach a tag or label to; “label these bottles”


(verb) touch a player while he is holding the ball


(verb) supply (blank verse or prose) with rhymes

chase, chase after, trail, tail, tag, give chase, dog, go after, track

(verb) go after with the intent to catch; “The policeman chased the mugger down the alley”; “the dog chased the rabbit”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


tag (plural tags)

A small label.

A children's chasing game in which one player (known as "it") attempts to touch another, who then becomes "it".

A skin tag, an excrescence of skin.

A type of cardboard.

Graffiti in the form of a stylized signature particular to the artist.

A dangling lock of sheep's wool, matted with dung; a dung tag.

(informal, authorship) An attribution in narrated dialogue (eg, "he said") or attributed words (e.g. "he thought").

Synonyms: dialogue tag, speech tag, tag line

(music) The last line (or last two lines) of a song's chorus that is repeated to indicate the end of the song.

(television) The last scene of a TV program that often focuses on the program's subplot.

(chiefly, US) a vehicle number plate; a medal bearing identification data (animals, soldiers).

(baseball) An instance of touching the baserunner with the ball or the ball in a gloved hand to rule him "out."

(computing) A piece of markup representing an element in a markup language.

(computing) A keyword, term, or phrase associated with or assigned to data, media, and/or information enabling keyword-based classification; often used to categorize content.

Any slight appendage, as to an article of dress; something slight hanging loosely.

A metallic binding, tube, or point, at the end of a string, or lace, to stiffen it.

The end, or catchword, of an actor's speech; cue.

Something mean and paltry; the rabble.

A sheep in its first year.

(biochemistry) Any short peptide sequence artificially attached to proteins mostly in order to help purify, solubilize or visualize these proteins.

(slang) A person's name.


• archery tag

• dart tag

• ETag

• ear tag

• empty-element tag

• entity tag

• laser tag

• price tag

• question tag

• hashtag

• cashtag


tag (third-person singular simple present tags, present participle tagging, simple past and past participle tagged)

(transitive) To label (something).

(transitive, graffiti) To mark (something) with one’s tag.

(transitive) To remove dung tags from a sheep.

(transitive, baseball, colloquial) To hit the ball hard.

(transitive, baseball) To put a runner out by touching them with the ball or the ball in a gloved hand.

(transitive, computing) To mark with a tag (metadata for classification).

To follow closely, accompany, tag along.

(transitive) To catch and touch (a player in the game of tag).

(transitive) To fit with, or as if with, a tag or tags.

To fasten; to attach.


• (computing): untag

Etymology 2


tag (plural tagin)

A decoration drawn over some Hebrew letters in Jewish scrolls.


• ATG, GTA, TGA, gat

Etymology 1


TAG (comparative more TAG, superlative most TAG)

(poker) Tight (inclined to play only strong starting hands and fold otherwise) and aggressive (inclined to raise often).


• LAG (loose-aggressive)

Etymology 2


TAG (plural TAGs)

Initialism of tree-adjoining grammar.


• ATG, GTA, TGA, gat

Source: Wiktionary

Tag, n. Etym: [Probably akin to tack a small nail; cf. Sw. tagg a prickle, point, tooth.]

1. Any slight appendage, as to an article of dress; something slight hanging loosely; specifically, a direction card, or label.

2. A metallic binding, tube, or point, at the end of a string, or lace, to stiffen it.

3. The end, or catchword, of an actor's speech; cue.

4. Something mean and paltry; the rabble. [Obs.] Tag and rag, the lowest sort; the rabble. Holinshed.

5. A sheep of the first year. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

Definition: A sale of usually used items (such as furniture, clothing, household items or bric-a-brac), conducted by one or a small group of individuals, at a location which is not a normal retail establishment.

Note: Frequently it is held in the private home or in a yard attached to a private home belonging to the seller. Similar to a yard sale or garage sale. Compare flea market, where used items are sold by many individuals in a place rented for the purpose.

Tag, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tagged; p. pr. & vb. n. Tagging.]

1. To fit with, or as with, a tag or tags. He learned to make long-tagged thread laces. Macaulay. His courteous host . . . Tags every sentence with some fawning word. Dryden.

2. To join; to fasten; to attach. Bolingbroke.

3. To follow closely after; esp., to follow and touch in the game of tag. See Tag, a play.

Tag, v. i.

Definition: To follow closely, as it were an appendage; -- often with after; as, to tag after a person.

Tag, n. Etym: [From Tag, v.; cf. Tag, an end.]

Definition: A child's play in which one runs after and touches another, and then runs away to avoid being touched.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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