Meaning of silvertail in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɪlvəteɪl/


informal Australian
  • A person who is socially prominent or who displays social aspirations.

    • ‘the area is not uniformly full of silvertails sending their kids to elite private schools’
    • ‘He took the move of labelling the nation's biggest farm lobby groups as silver tails and irrelevant.’
    • ‘I know many Australians will say, "Oh, you poor silvertail" and, frankly, I'm not complaining about the unrealised gain on this investment over the past few years.’
    • ‘He might be a silvertail, but he always had a remarkable personal magnetism and knew how to work the campaign trail.’
    • ‘His reputation as a silver tail has earned him the media moniker "Prince Charles".’
    • ‘We go back to when he was subsidised by the greatest afternoon tabloid ever, before he became a silvertail.’
    • ‘Whereas previously it was a problem to be a silvertail, or too smart for your own good, people are no longer worried and just want someone who's not an idiot.’
    • ‘He said it was disappointing the government was peddling the populist yet contradictory "myths" that the parklands were little more than a barren wasteland and the exclusive playground of city "silver tails".’
    • ‘He decided not to uproot his family when elected despite being tagged a "silvertail" by critics.’
    • ‘All the talk then was, "Why do we have this north shore silvertail as our MP?" when I actually grew up in Cronulla.’
    • ‘I won't vote for this silvertail because all he is interested in is his own glory, not what is good for the people’


informal Australian
  • Having social privileges or aspirations.

    • ‘silvertail suburbs’
    • ‘They were in the silvertail areas of Vaucluse and Watson's Bay.’
    • ‘A group of actors turn up at the palace of the silvertail socialist and present themselves as illegal aliens seeking asylum.’
    • ‘The seat is often associated with silver tail suburbs, but it also includes more ordinary and densely populated areas.’
    • ‘They were perceived to come from a silvertail union.’
    • ‘Western suburbs residents have argued the closure typifies the silvertail mentality of North Adelaide and has prevented them from easily accessing the suburb for decades.’
    • ‘I love being from the wrong side of the tracks (in Sydney that is south of Parramatta River and west of Bellevue Hill, and it helps if you follow the Wests Tigers rather than a silver-tail bunch of pansies like Manly), this gives me a slight leaning to the left and a tendency to drop swear words on a metronomic basis;’
    • ‘He has single-mindedly focused on running the party into the ground since he beat the silvertail Liberal leader.’
    • ‘His sister played cricket, then considered very much a silvertail sport for girls in private schools.’
    • ‘Many people did not care for the minimalist model, or for what could be represented as a silvertail scheme.’
    • ‘He does not come from a silvertail background.’


Late 19th century probably originally with reference to the wearing of dress uniforms.