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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fish-teyl]
    • /ˈfɪʃˌteɪl/
    • /ˈfɪʃteɪl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fish-teyl]
    • /ˈfɪʃˌteɪl/

Definitions of fishtail word

  • verb without object fishtail to swerve or skid from side to side, as the rear end of a car. 1
  • verb without object fishtail to slow an airplane by causing its tail to move rapidly from side to side. 1
  • noun fishtail such a maneuver. 1
  • noun fishtail a gas burner having two jets crossing each other so as to produce a flame resembling a fish's tail. 1
  • noun fishtail a device having a long, narrow slot at the top, placed over a gas jet, as of a Bunsen burner, to give a thin, fanlike flame. 1
  • noun fishtail Jewelry. a setting consisting of four prominent triangular corner prongs to hold the stone. 1

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Origin of fishtail

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English. See fish, tail1

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Parts of speech for Fishtail


fishtail popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 68% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

fishtail usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fishtail

verb fishtail

  • vacillate — to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute: His tendency to vacillate makes him a poor leader.
  • wobble — to incline to one side and to the other alternately, as a wheel, top, or other rotating body when not properly balanced.
  • lurch — Archaic. the act of lurking or state of watchfulness.
  • seesaw — a recreation in which two children alternately ride up and down while seated at opposite ends of a plank balanced at the middle.
  • waver — to sway to and fro; flutter: Foliage wavers in the breeze.

Antonyms for fishtail

verb fishtail

  • remain — to continue in the same state; continue to be as specified: to remain at peace.
  • stabilize — to make or hold stable, firm, or steadfast.
  • stay — (of a ship) to change to the other tack.
  • steady — firmly placed or fixed; stable in position or equilibrium: a steady ladder.
  • calm — A calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.

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