Definition of trailing


  • the pursuit (of a person or animal) by following tracks or marks they left behind. Synonyms: tracking.


  • to lag or linger behind; "But in so many other areas we still are dragging". Synonyms: drag, drop back, drop behind, get behind, hang back, trail.
  • go after with the intent to catch; "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley", "the dog chased the rabbit". Synonyms: chase, chase after, dog, give chase, go after, tag, tail, track, trail.
  • move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly; "John trailed behind his class mates", "The Mercedes trailed behind the horse cart". Synonyms: shack, trail.
  • hang down so as to drag along the ground; "The bride's veiled trailed along the ground". Synonyms: trail.
  • drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground; "The toddler was trailing his pants", "She trained her long scarf behind her". Synonyms: trail, train.

Related words

hound, hunt, quest, trace, tree.

Words nearby trailing

railing, tailing, training.

Rhymes with trailing

ailing, detailing, failing, mailing, prevailing, prevailing, railing, sailing, scaling, tailing, unavailing, unfailing, unveiling, veiling, wailing.

More information about trailing

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • trailing is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 9 points
  • trailing is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 9 points
  • trailing is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 12 points
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