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[tag] /tæg/
noun
1.
a piece or strip of strong paper, plastic, metal, leather, etc., for attaching by one end to something as a mark or label:
The price is on the tag.
2.
any small hanging or loosely attached part or piece; tatter.
3.
a loop of material sewn on a garment so that it can be hung up.
4.
a metal or plastic tip at the end of a shoelace, cord, or the like.
5.
a license plate for a motor vehicle.
6.
Angling. a small piece of tinsel or the like tied to the shank of a hook at the body of an artificial fly.
7.
the tail end or concluding part, as of a proceeding.
8.
the last words of a speech, scene, act, etc., as in a play; a curtain line.
9.
Digital Technology.
  1. Also called sentinel. a symbol, mark, or other labeling device indicating the beginning or end of a unit of information.
  2. Also called markup tag. such a label or string of characters within angle brackets, used to specify format, structure, or style in an electronic document or Web page.
  3. Also called semantic tag. such a label taking the form of a keyword or short phrase, used to classify or organize digital data, aid online searches, etc.
10.
an addition to a speech or writing, as the moral of a fable.
11.
a quotation added for special effect.
12.
a descriptive word or phrase applied to a person, group, organization, etc., as a label or means of identification; epithet.
13.
a trite phrase or saying; cliché.
14.
Slang. a person's name, nickname, initials, monogram, or symbol.
15.
tag question (def 1).
16.
a traffic ticket.
17.
a curlicue in writing.
18.
a lock of hair.
19.
a matted lock of wool on a sheep.
20.
Fox Hunting. the white tip of the tail of a fox.
21.
Obsolete. the rabble.
verb (used with object), tagged, tagging.
22.
to furnish with a tag or tags; attach a tag to.
23.
to append as a tag, addition, or afterthought to something else.
24.
to attach or give an epithet to; label.
25.
to accuse of a violation, especially of a traffic law; give a traffic ticket to:
He was tagged for speeding. The police officer tagged the cars for overtime parking.
26.
to hold answerable or accountable for something; attach blame to:
The pitcher was tagged with the loss of the game.
27.
to set a price on; fix the cost of:
The dealer tagged the boat at $500 less than the suggested retail price.
28.
to write graffiti on.
29.
Informal. to follow closely:
I tagged him to an old house on the outskirts of town.
30.
to remove the tags of wool from (a sheep).
verb (used without object), tagged, tagging.
31.
to follow closely; go along or about as a follower:
to tag after someone; to tag along behind someone.
32.
to write graffiti.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English tagge (noun); cognate with Middle Low German, Norwegian tagge, Swedish tagg pointed protruding part; akin to tack1
Related forms
tagger, noun
taglike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tagger

tag1

/tæɡ/
noun
1.
a piece or strip of paper, plastic, leather, etc, for attaching to something by one end as a mark or label: a price tag
2.
Also called electronic tag. an electronic device worn, usually on the wrist or ankle, by an offender serving a noncustodial sentence, which monitors the offender's whereabouts by means of a link to a central computer through the telephone system
3.
a small piece of material hanging from or loosely attached to a part or piece
4.
a point of metal or other hard substance at the end of a cord, lace, etc, to prevent it from fraying and to facilitate threading
5.
an epithet or verbal appendage, the refrain of a song, the moral of a fable, etc
6.
a brief quotation, esp one in a foreign language: his speech was interlarded with Horatian tags
7.
(grammar)
  1. Also called tag question. a clause added on to another clause to invite the hearer's agreement or conversational cooperation. Tags are usually in the form of a question with a pronoun as subject, the antecedent of which is the subject of the main clause; as isn't it in the bread is on the table, isn't it?
  2. a linguistic item added on to a sentence but not forming part of it, as John in are you there, John?
8.
an ornamental flourish as at the end of a signature
9.
the contrastingly coloured tip to an animal's tail
10.
a matted lock of wool or hair
11.
(angling) a strand of tinsel, wire, etc, tied to the body of an artificial fly
12.
(slang) a graffito consisting of a nickname or personal symbol
verb (mainly transitive) tags, tagging, tagged
13.
to mark with a tag
14.
to monitor the whereabouts of (an offender) by means of an electronic tag
15.
to add or append as a tag
16.
to supply (prose or blank verse) with rhymes
17.
(intransitive; usually foll by on or along) to trail (behind): many small boys tagged on behind the procession
18.
to name or call (someone something): they tagged him Lanky
19.
to cut the tags of wool or hair from (an animal)
20.
(slang) to paint one's tag on (a building, wall, etc)
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin; related to Swedish tagg point, perhaps also to tack1

tag2

/tæɡ/
noun
1.
Also called tig. a children's game in which one player chases the others in an attempt to catch one of them who will then become the chaser
2.
the act of tagging one's partner in tag wrestling
3.
(modifier) denoting or relating to a wrestling contest between two teams of two wrestlers, in which only one from each team may be in the ring at one time. The contestant outside the ring may change places with his team-mate inside the ring after touching his hand
verb (transitive) tags, tagging, tagged
4.
to catch (another child) in the game of tag
5.
(in tag wrestling) to touch the hand of (one's partner)
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from tag1
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Contemporary definitions for tagger
noun

one who attaches electronic markers to people or goods for monitoring purposes; also someone or something with an implanted electronic marker

Usage Note

computing

noun

one who writes graffiti (tags)

Usage Note

slang

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Word Origin and History for tagger

tag

n.

"small hanging piece from a garment," c.1400, perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian tagg "point, prong, barb," Swedish tagg "prickle, thorn," Middle Low German tagge "branch, twig, spike"); cognate with tack (n.1). Meaning "label" is first recorded 1835; sense of "automobile license plate" is recorded from 1935, originally underworld slang. Meaning "an epithet, popular designation" is recorded from 1961, hence slang verb meaning "to write graffiti in public places" (1990).

"children's game," 1738, perhaps a variation of Scot. tig "touch, tap" (1721), probably an alteration of Middle English tek "touch, tap" (see tick (2)).

v.

"to furnish with a tag," mid-15c., from tag (n.1). Related: Tagged; tagging. To tag along is first recorded 1900.

in the baseball sense, 1907, from tag (n.2); the adjective in the pro-wrestling sense is recorded from 1955.

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tagger in Medicine

tag (tāg)
n.

  1. A strip of leather, paper, metal, or plastic attached to something or hung from a wearer's neck to identify, classify, or label.

  2. A small outgrowth or polyp.

v. tagged, tag·ging, tags
  1. To label, identify, or recognize with or as if with a tag.

  2. To incorporate into a compound a readily detected substance making the compound detectable so that its metabolic or chemical history may be followed.

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tagger in Science
tag
  (tāg)   
A sequence of characters in a markup language used to provide information, such as formatting specifications, about a document. Tags are enclosed in a pair of angle brackets that indicate to the browser how the text is to be displayed.
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Slang definitions & phrases for tagger

tagger

n,n phr

A person, esp a street gang member, who defaces walls, etc, with graffiti: promised Sunday would be a new crackdown on graffiti ''taggers''/ Taggers, gang members and visitors who spray-paint graffiti in national parks/ focusing on graffiti as a crime and tag bangers and killing (entry form 1986+, variant 1990s+)


tag

noun
  1. A person's name (1934+)
  2. An arrest warrant: Is there a tag out for me? (1934+ Underworld)
  3. An automobile license plate: The Seminoles get special tags (1935+)
verb
  1. To hit; belt, sock (1940+)
  2. To write graffiti on walls, etc: tagged with the rebellious urban scrawl of graffiti artists (1980+)
Related Terms

dog tags

[final sense fr the fact that many such graffiti are the names, or tags, of the painter]


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Related Abbreviations for tagger

TAG

  1. Thalassemia Action Group
  2. The Adjutant General
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Encyclopedia Article for tagger

tag

children's game in which, in its simplest form, the player who is "it" chases the other players, trying to touch one of them, thereby making that person "it." The game is known by many names, such as leapsa in Romania and kynigito in parts of modern Greece. In some variants the children pretend that the touch carries some form of contagion-e.g., plague (Italy), leprosy (Madagascar), fleas (Spain), or "lurgy fever" (Great Britain). In others, a method of achieving immunity from touch is prescribed, as by touching wood, iron, or a specified colour or assuming a particular position (e.g., squatting). Often limitations or handicaps are imposed on the chaser: the child may be required to clasp hands and imitate a horned animal (stag, bull, or goat) or squat and hop like a frog while the others caper freely around him. In some games the chaser throws a ball at the intended victim. As a game progresses, the original chaser may enlist those touched to help catch the others; sometimes the captives link hands to form a chain, with the players on either end making the capture

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