noun Slang.
U.S. Army. a second lieutenant.
a young, newly broken mule.

1840–50, Americanism; shave + tail1; orig. in reference to unbroken army mules, whose tails were shaved for identification Unabridged
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shavetail definition

  1. n.
    a second lieutenant; a noncommissioned officer in the army; any inexperienced person. (Military. From a nickname for an untrained mule that is marked by a shaved tail.) : Who's the shavetail dancing with the colonel's daughter?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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