—n. 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. Computers.sentinel (def. 3).
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. See 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. Obs.the rabble.
—v.t. 1. to furnish with a tag or tags; attach a tag to.
2. to append as a tag, addition, or afterthought to something else.
3. to attach or give an epithet to; label.
4. to accuse of a violation, esp. of a traffic law; give a traffic ticket to: He was tagged for speeding. The police officer tagged the cars for overtime parking. 5. to hold answerable or accountable for something; attach blame to: The pitcher was tagged with the loss of the game. 6. to set a price on; fix the cost of: The dealer tagged the boat at $500 less than the suggested retail price. 7. to write graffiti on.
8. Informal.to follow closely: I tagged him to an old house on the outskirts of town. 9. to remove the tags of wool from (a sheep).
—v.i. 1. to follow closely; go along or about as a follower: to tag after someone; to tag along behind someone. 2. to write graffiti.
—n. 1. a children's game in which one player chases the others in an effort to touch one of them, who then takes the role of pursuer.
2. Baseball.an act or instance of tagging a base runner.
—v.t. 1. to touch in or as if in the game of tag.
2. Baseball. a. to touch (a base runner) with the ball held in the hand or glove.
b. to hit (a pitched ball) solidly.
c. to make a number of hits or runs as specified in batting against (a pitcher): They tagged him for two hits in the first and three hits and two runs in the third. 3. Boxing.to strike (an opponent) with a powerful blow.
4. tag up,Baseball.(of a base runner) to touch the base occupied before attempting to advance a base, after the catch of a fly ball: He tagged up and scored from third on a long fly to center.