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[tak-see] /ˈtæk si/
noun, plural taxis or taxies.
a taxicab.
verb (used without object), taxied, taxiing or taxying.
to ride or travel in a taxicab.
(of an airplane) to move over the surface of the ground or water under its own power.
verb (used with object), taxied, taxiing or taxying.
to cause (an airplane) to taxi.
Origin of taxi
1905-10, Americanism; short for taxicab
Related forms
untaxied, adjective


variant of taxo-:
taxidermy. Unabridged
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  • She took a taxi from the stand opposite Kitson's hotel, and Kelson took one, too.

    The Sorcery Club Elliott O'Donnell
  • He had collapsed on the cushions of the taxi, and remained motionless.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • He was furtively intent upon a gray limousine car, with several men in it, which had followed the taxi along the street.

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • The trio got into a waiting car and Haggerty trailed them in a taxi.

    Poisoned Air Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • I realized they must have made a mistake, and you'd come here, and I called for a taxi and came out here.

    Ring Once for Death Robert Andrew Arthur
British Dictionary definitions for taxi


noun (pl) taxis, taxies
Also called cab, taxicab. a car, usually fitted with a taximeter, that may be hired, along with its driver, to carry passengers to any specified destination
verb taxies, taxiing, taxying, taxied
to cause (an aircraft) to move along the ground under its own power, esp before takeoff and after landing, or (of an aircraft) to move along the ground in this way
(intransitive) to travel in a taxi
Word Origin
C20: shortened from taximeter cab
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for taxi

1907, shortening of taximeter cab (introduced in London in March 1907), from taximeter "automatic meter to record the distance and fare" (1898), from French taximètre, from German Taxameter (1890), coined from Medieval Latin taxa "tax, charge." An earlier English form was taxameter (1894), used in horse-drawn cabs. Taxi dancer "woman whose services may be hired at a dance hall" is recorded from 1930. Taxi squad in U.S. football is 1966, from a former Cleveland Browns owner who gave his reserves jobs with his taxicab company to keep them paid and available ["Dictionary of American Slang"], but other explanations (short-term hire or shuttling back and forth from the main team) seem possible.


1911, from earlier slang use of taxi (n.) for "aircraft." Related: Taxied; taxiing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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