transitive verb-·gat·ed, -·gat·ing
- to drive too closely behind another vehicle
Origin of tailgateso called because the meal was origin, originally served on the tailgate to picnic at or near one's automobile or in a parking lot, as before a sporting event
- A hinged part that extends across the rear of a pickup truck or other vehicle and can be folded down or to a horizontal position for loading and unloading.
- One of the pair of gates downstream in a canal lock.
verbtail·gat·ed, tail·gat·ing, tail·gates
- To follow another vehicle too closely.
- To participate in a tailgate party.
(third-person singular simple present tailgates, present participle tailgating, simple past and past participle tailgated)
- (automotive) To drive dangerously close behind another vehicle
- That idiot has been tailgating me for the last five minutes.
- To follow another person through access control on their access, rather than on one's own credentials. Especially when entering a door controlled by a card reader.
- (finance, of a broker) To privately purchase or sell a security immediately after trading in the same security for a client.
- (US) to have a tailgate party
tailgate - Computer Definition
A conversion layer that lets IDE devices connect to the IEEE 1394 Firewire interface.