Definition of fishtail
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.
First Known Use of fishtail
FISHTAIL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fishtail for English Language Learners
of a car, truck, etc. : to slide in an uncontrolled way with the rear end going from side to side
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).