Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

fishtail

play
verb fish·tail \ˈfish-ˌtāl\

Simple Definition of fishtail

  • of a car, truck, etc. : to slide in an uncontrolled way with the rear end going from side to side

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fishtail

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to swing the tail of an airplane from side to side to reduce speed especially when landing

  3. 2 :  to have the rear end slide from side to side out of control while moving forward <the car fishtailed on the icy curve>

Examples of fishtail in a sentence

  1. The car fishtailed on the icy curve.



1927

First Known Use of fishtail

1927

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up fishtail? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to manage or play awkwardly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

soothe disapprove perplex reduce
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ