Definition of rooster tail in English:

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rooster tail


North American informal
The spray of water thrown up behind a speedboat or surfboard.
Example sentences
  • The water in front of us slices upward in a mighty rooster tail of spray as a speedboat pivots into a turn.
  • Looking to the stern I could see a big white water rooster tail created by the power of the outboard motors as they took us further offshore.
  • The big outboards pushed the skiffs along through the tea brown waters at full speed, the propellers throwing up rooster tails of water.

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Syllabification: roost·er tail

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