Definition of rooster tail in US English:

rooster tail


North American
  • The spray of water thrown up behind a speedboat or surfboard.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just when I thought it was impossible for them to avoid a carbon-splintering collision, the two drivers deftly spun their helms and both boats shot head-to-wind, white rooster tails exploding out from under their scooped sterns.’
    • ‘Send up some rooster tails as you zip across the lake on water skis.’
    • ‘The water in front of us slices upward in a mighty rooster tail of spray as a speedboat pivots into a turn.’
    • ‘I was spared the effort of a snappy retort by Steve opening up the engines and hitting a swift and smooth 25 knots which had the youngsters' mouths falling open at the sight of the rooster tail appearing at the stern.’