fishtail

verb
fish·​tail | \ ˈfish-ˌtāl How to pronounce fishtail (audio) \
fishtailed; fishtailing; fishtails

Definition of fishtail

intransitive verb

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

The car fishtailed on the icy curve.
Recent Examples on the Web Try covering your head in barrettes or learn to fishtail braid. Louryn Strampe, Wired, "How to Cut Your Hair at Home," 19 Apr. 2020 He was also seen spinning tires and fishtailing into an oncoming lane of travel. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Teen indicted in crash that killed Rod and Paula Bramblett," 23 Jan. 2020 He was also seen spinning tires and fishtailing into an oncoming lane of travel. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Teen indicted in crash that killed Rod and Paula Bramblett," 23 Jan. 2020 He was also seen spinning tires and fishtailing into an oncoming lane of travel. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Teen indicted in crash that killed Rod and Paula Bramblett," 23 Jan. 2020 He was also seen spinning tires and fishtailing into an oncoming lane of travel. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Teen indicted in crash that killed Rod and Paula Bramblett," 23 Jan. 2020 He was also seen spinning tires and fishtailing into an oncoming lane of travel. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Teen indicted in crash that killed Rod and Paula Bramblett," 23 Jan. 2020 He was also seen spinning tires and fishtailing into an oncoming lane of travel. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Teen indicted in crash that killed Rod and Paula Bramblett," 23 Jan. 2020 He was also seen spinning tires and fishtailing into an oncoming lane of travel. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Teen indicted in crash that killed Rod and Paula Bramblett," 23 Jan. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fishtail.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of fishtail

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fishtail

Time Traveler for fishtail

Time Traveler

The first known use of fishtail was in 1927

See more words from the same year

Statistics for fishtail

Cite this Entry

“Fishtail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fishtail. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fishtail

fishtail

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fishtail

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

Comments on fishtail

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

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!